Baseball Drops Third Straight One-Run Game in 8-7 Loss to USF
March 26, 2005
TAMPA, Fla. -
MEMPHIS (6-13; 1-4 C-USA) 000 302 200 - 7 16 2 USF (17-12; 5-0 C-USA) 300 203 00X - 8 10 2
Memphis outhit USF 16-10, but could never make up for a three-run first-inning deficit, as USF outlasted the Tigers 8-7 in game two of the three-game C-USA series. The loss was Memphis' fourth straight and the team's third one-run loss in a row. USF (17-12) remains undefeated in conference play, at 5-0.
Junior starter Stephen Gostkowski struggled to find the zone early in the first inning, putting Tim Orlosky and Bryan Hierlmeier on with walks. Both runners would come around on a two-run double down the rightfield line by Jeff Baisley to give USF a 2-0 lead. The Bulls plated the third run of the inning after Brian Baisley drew a walk and stole second. Jeff Baisley scored on Tiger catcher Cory Barton's throw to second.
Memphis was held scoreless until the fourth inning, when Patrick Hope knocked an RBI-triple over Bulls centerfielder Ty Taborelli's head. The Tigers tied the contest on an RBI-single to center by K.K. Chalmers and a run-scoring double that fell on the leftfield baseline off the bat of true freshman Chris Newsom. The RBI-double was the first hit of Newsom's career.
A two-run blast over the scoreboard in rightfield by first baseman Matt McHargue reclaimed the lead for USF in the fourth.
Newsom again came through for the Tigers in a clutch situation to pull Memphis with one run at 5-4 in the sixth inning. Chalmers reached on a bunt single, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by USF catcher Brian Baisley. Newsom then shot a single off the leg of Bulls third baseman Jeff Baisley to score Chalmers. The Tigers tied the contest for the second time as Newsom scored on a looping single to right field by Chad House.
USF's Dexter Butler lined a double to the leftfield corner to lead off the home half of the sixth to ignite a three-run rally. Orlosky then lined a double to the right field corner to give the Bulls a 6-5 lead. Jeff Baisley shot an RBI-single to right field to bring Orlosky home, and a sacrifice fly by Brian Baisley extended the USF lead to 8-5.
The Tigers fought to keep the game close with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh. Adam Amar roped a double to the right centerfield gap. He moved to third when Robbie Goss reached on a fielding error by USF shortstop Jeremy Brand. Barton's single plated Amar to cut the deficit to 8-6. Goss crossed on a single up the middle by Chalmers. Chalmers finished the day with the first three-hit game of his career.
USF threatened to take a two-run lead in the eighth after Taborelli advanced to third on a pair of Tiger throwing errors. Jeff Baisley ripped a shot that looked as if it would get over the head of Chalmers, but the freshman was able to haul in the out on a diving catch at the wall.
Memphis, who scored six of its seven runs with two outs, was led by Chalmers four-hit day, while House, Jordan Tolliver, Amar, Goss and Newsom each had two hits. Chalmers and Newsom also posted a pair of RBI each.
Gostkowski suffered his fourth straight loss, giving up eight runs, all of which were earned, in five and one-third innings of work. Reliever Drew Jaudon was effective for Memphis, shutting the Bulls out in two-and-two-thirds innings. The winning pitcher was USF reliever Chase Lirette. Lirette gave up four runs on six hits in two innings in relief of starter Daniel Thomas. Tim Mattison earned his second save in as many outings after keeping the Tigers off the board in the ninth.
Memphis and USF will play the series finale on Sun., Mar. 27 with the first pitch set for 11 a.m. local time due to weather uncertainties. Listen to the game's live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell calling play-by-play action on WUMR 91.7 FM.