Baseball Drops Series Finale, 11-1 to Houston
March 20, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
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Houston (9-12; 2-1 C-USA) pitchers combined to hold Memphis (6-10; 1-2 C-USA) to just five hits and one run to defeat the Tigers 11-1 and claim the Conference USA season-opening series three games to two. Jordan Tolliver was the lone Tiger to record multiple hits, going 2-for-3.
Houston broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the third inning. Consecutive singles by Brett Logan and Travis Tully gave way to an RBI ground ball by Jake Stewart. Houston took a 3-0 advantage after Kevin Roberts doubled to rightfield to score Tully and Stewart, who reached on a fielding error.
UH scored a run in the fifth, but put the contest out of reach with three scores in the sixth. Logan and Tully again knocked back-to-back singles and, after a double play, Mark McGonigle drew a two-out walk. Roberts ripped his second double of the contest, plating Logan and McGonigle. The Cougars took a 7-0 lead when Roberts scored on a Tiger fielding error.
The Tigers avoided the Cougars shutout bud with a run in the sixth on an RBI ground out by Adam Amar that scored Tolliver.
Houston scored two runs in the eighth on a two-run blast by Brad Lincoln, and then posted two more in the ninth on an RBI-double by McGonigle, and a run-scoring single by Brian Temko.
Cougar starter Kevin Roberts (2-1) picked up the win going seven innings and allowing just four hits and one run, while fanning six. Roberts went 3-for-5 on the day with four RBI and a pair of runs scored. Freshman Neil Schenk was the losing pitcher after giving up four runs on eight hits in four-and-two-thirds innings of work.
Memphis will return to the diamond on Tues., Mar. 22 when they host the annual matchup with Ole Miss at AutoZone Park. Tiger football coach Tommy West will throw out the game's first pitch, with the official first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. General admission to the game is $8 and all U of M students get in free with a valid school ID. Children two and younger are also admitted free. Season tickets for Nat Buring games will not be honored for this game.