Baseball Falls to USF, 6-5
March 25, 2005
TAMPA, Fla. -
MEMPHIS (6-12; 1-3 C-USA) 300 010 010 - 5 7 3 USF (16-12; 4-0 C-USA) 000 220 11X - 6 10 1
Tim Orlosky belted an eighth-inning pinch-hit home run over the right centerfield wall to propel USF to a 6-5 win over Memphis in game one of the three-game Conference USA series.
Memphis wasted little time getting the bats going, as eight Tigers went to the plate in the top of the first inning. Junior Jordan Tolliver and senior DH Ryan Martin posted consecutive singles, and Adam Amar drew a walk to load the bases. Robbie Goss put Memphis on the board with a two-run single. Cory Barton knocked Amar in on a single to put the U of M ahead, 3-0.
The three-run cushion would hold until Bulls second baseman Dexter Butler ripped a two-run single up the middle to cut the lead to 3-2.
Memphis got one run back in the fifth. Chad House led off the frame with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball, before Martin looped a single into right centerfield to bring him in.
USF battled to tie the contest with a pair of runs in the home half of the fifth inning. Kris Howell singled to lead off the frame and Jeff Baisley reached on a catcher's interference. Brain Baisley and Jeremy Brand posted back-to-back RBI singles to knot the game at 4-4.
USF claimed its first lead of the contest in the seventh after Jeff Baisley led off the inning with a single to right. A Memphis throwing error on the play allowed him to advance to third before his twin brother Brian drove him in with a single through the right side.
The Tigers tied the game in the top of the eighth on an RBI-single off the bat of Barton. Barton and Martin led the Tigers seven-hit night with two hits apiece.
Junior reliever Tim Senter (0-3) took his third straight loss on the mound after giving up a pair of runs on three hits in two innings of relief. Tiger starter Neil Schenk was solid, scattering seven hits and giving up four runs in six innings.
USF's preseason All C-USA pitcher Casey Hudspeth picked up a hard-earned win, allowing five runs on seven hits in eight innings of work. Tim Mattison came in and worked a scoreless ninth for his fourth save of the year.
The Tigers and Bulls will take to the diamond for game two on Sat., Mar. 26. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. EST. Listen to the live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell on WUMR 91.7 FM.