No. 15 Ole Miss Blanks Memphis
March 17, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - No. 15 Ole Miss blanked the University of Memphis baseball team 19-0 Wednesday at AutoZone Park. It was the Rebels (15-1) third-straight win over the Tigers (10-4) at the Downtown ballpark. Second baseman Cooper Osteen led an 18-hit Ole Miss attack with four hits and three RBIs. Osteen, Mark Wright and Charlie Babineaux each led the Rebels with three RBI.
Ole Miss tallied a pair of runs in the first when shortstop Matt Tolbert scored on a sacrifice fly by Stephen Head and Seth Smith scored on a wild pitch by Memphis starter Nick Bradshaw. Tolbert and Smith had back-to-back singles in the first.
The Rebels tacked on four more runs in the third to take a 6-0 lead. Memphis starter Bradshaw walked in the first run before Head followed with his second sacrifice fly of the game. Brian Pettway drove in a run with a fielder's choice and Mark Wright added a RBI double.
Ole Miss extended its lead to 8-0 in the fourth on RBI singles by Cooper Osteen and Tolbert. Rebel starter Eric Fowler kept the Tigers hitless until the fourth when Adam Amar ripped a two-out single back up the box.
The Rebels took advantage of a pair of Tiger errors in the fifth to score build their lead to 11-0. B Gunther had a RBI single in the frame and Chris Osteen had a two-run single. Ole Miss added five more runs in the eighth off Memphis reliever Matt Fry and Xan Babineaux hit a three-run homer in the ninth to cap off the scoring for the Rebels.
Fowler (2-0) allowed just two hits and struck out five in five innings of work. Bradshaw (0-1) took the loss allowing six runs on five hits in three innings of work.
Memphis second baseman Michael Lewis extended his hitting streak to seven games with a fifth-inning single. Lewis added a double in the eighth. Junior Michael Novarese struck out four in two scoreless innings of work.
The Tigers return to action this weekend when they open Conference USA play with a three-game series at TCU.