Baseball Drops C-USA Opener To Louisville, 12-3
March 15, 2002
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Memphis fell 12-3 to Louisville in its first Conference USA contest of the 2002 season at Cardinal Field this afternoon.
At 3-9, the Tigers are off to the third-worst start in the recorded history of the U of M program. Only the 1971 and 2000 teams stumbled as bad, both teams were 2-10 through their first 12 games.
The Tigers and Cardinals were deadlocked at 1-1 through five-and-a-half until Louisville put-up six runs in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by Carlos De La Osa's grand slam to right. Four of the Cardinals runs in that inning were scored by baserunners that got on by error or walks.
But the Cardinals tacked-on another five runs in the bottom of the seventh and Louisville reliever Josh Ring fired two scoreless inning to preserve a 12-3 final.
The Tigers and Cardinals will square-off in the second game of their three-game Conference USA series tomorrow afternoon at Cardinal Stadium at 1 p.m. EST.