Tiger Baseball Stuns No. 14 Tulane, 11-4 in Conference USA Opener
March 24, 2006
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Tulane (15-9; 0-1 C-USA) 000 000 004 - 4 7 2 Memphis (12-8; 1-0 C-USA) 100 105 22X - 11 13 4Junior first baseman Adam Amar went 4-for-5 with three home runs and seven RBI, while freshman Scott McGregor struck out eight and held No. 14 Tulane to just four unearned runs as Memphis raced to an 11-4 win in the Conference USA opener for both teams. The win snapped a four-game losing streak to the Green Wave over the last two years.
Amar homered in three consecutive at-bats. He belted his first home run over the centerfield wall in the fourth inning to give Memphis a 2-0 lead. He then highlighted a five-run sixth inning with a three-run blast to rightfield to give the Tigers a commanding 6-0 advantage. His last home run was a seventh-inning two-run shot over the left centerfield wall that made it 9-0. Amar's seven RBI is the second time a Tiger hitter has reached the mark in the last week. Kyle Norrid hammered a pair of homers and drove in seven in a 15-1 win over Southeast Missouri State on March 18.
Josh Payne was the last Tiger to hit three home runs in a single game, accomplishing the feat in a 24-1 route of UT-martin back in 2003. He finished the night with eight RBI.
Memphis scored a pair in the eighth on RBI singles by Norrid and Amar for an 11-0 score.
While Amar was having a productive night, so was McGregor. The freshman eclipsed his year total in strikeouts in a complete-game gem. He scattered seven hits and held Tulane to just four hits through eight innings. Three Tiger errors in the ninth inning broke up the shutout and allowed the Green Wave to plate four unearned runs for the 11-4 final.
Warren McFadden was the lone Green Wave hitter to post multiple hits, finishing the night 2-for-4.
Tulane starter Sean Morgan (4-2) took the loss after allowing six runs--four earned--on five hits in five innings of work. He fanned seven.
Memphis and Green Wave will battle in game two of the three-game C-USA series tomorrow with the first pitch set for 2 p.m. at "The Nat".