Baseball Ties Series With 9-6 Triumph Over Houston
March 19, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Houston (8-12; 1-1 C-USA) 110 000 040 - 6 11 2 MEMPHIS (6-9; 1-1 C-USA) 220 010 31X - 9 9 2
Senior Ryan Martin went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI and Nick Bradshaw scattered seven hits and fanned a pair to earn his first win in a Tiger uniform as Memphis evened the series with a 9-6 win over Houston Saturday at Nat Buring Stadium. The Tigers snap a four-game losing skid and pick up the first Conference USA win under first-year skipper Daron Schoenrock.
Memphis used a three-run seventh inning to take command of the ball game. Freshman K.K. Chalmers drew a one-out walk and then stole second before scoring on an RBI-single by Chad House. The innings was highlighted by runs scored by House and Martin after a critical throwing error by Houston backstop Brett Logan. House and Martin attempted a double-steal, and Logan's attempt to throw House out at third sailed wide sending the ball into the leftfield bullpen. The errant throw allowed both runners to score and give the Tigers a commanding 8-2 advantage.
UH got on the board in the first on a solo blast by Kevin Roberts, but Memphis countered with a pair in the home half on an two-run double by Martin.
The Cougars tied the contest at 2-2 on a second-inning solo shot over the left centerfield wall off the bat of Logan. However, the Tigers again answered with a pair of runs produced by a Chalmers single and an RBI ground out by Jordan Tolliver.
Memphis went ahead 5-2 in the fifth on Martin's third home run of the year--a solo drive over the centerfield wall.
Houston responded to the three-run Memphis seventh with four runs in the eighth to cut the deficit to 8-6, before the U of M tacked on an insurance tally in the eighth.
Drew Jaudon worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his first career save for Memphis. UH starter Brad Lincoln took the loss after giving up five runs on five hits in five innings of work.
Memphis and Houston will play the series finale on Sunday with the first pitch at Noon at Nat Buring Stadium.