Baseball Splits C-USA Doubleheader With South Florida
March 23, 2002
The Tigers split a Conference USA doubleheader with South Florida, and snapped an eight-game losing streak in the process, at AutoZone Park on Saturday afternoon.
After dropping the opener 12-3 to the Bulls, Memphis rebounded for an 11-5 win in the nightcap, the Tigers first victory since a 9-1 win over Southeast Missouri State on March 8.
South Florida posted four runs in the sixth and five in the eighth to bury the Tigers in game one. Centerfielder Paul Cookman and first baseman Andy Gesell each had two hits for the Tigers in the 13-2.
The nightcap, however, was another story. Senior right-hander Matt Krabbe scattered three hits and struck out four over 5.0 innings, while the Tiger offense used a six-run sixth inning, highlighted by a two-run home run from freshman shortstop Brent Dlugach, to stymie the Bulls.
Cookman was 3-for-6 with a triple and three RBI, while Gesell and Dlugach each had two hits to pace the Tiger attack. Sophomore right fielder Josh Payne singled in the sixth to extend his team-leading hitting streak to seven games.
Senior right-hander Nick Rogers fired 2.1 hitless innings to help preserve the Tiger victory.
Memphis hosts South Florida in the final game of the C-USA series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at AutoZone Park.