Baseball Races to 15-5 Win Over USF in Series Finale
March 27, 2005
TAMPA, Fla. -
MEMPHIS (7-13; 2-4 C-USA) 134 070 0 - 15 17 1 USF (17-13; 5-1 C-USA) 001 040 0 - 5 9 4
The Tigers got a grand slam and back-to-back home runs as part of a seven-run, nine-hit fifth inning, to salvage a win 15-5 win in the Conference USA series finale against USF Sunday afternoon. Ryan Martin hit the Tigers first grand slam since since Josh Payne hit a grand slam in a 15-3 route of Wake Forest in 2004. Amar followed with a solo homer to left to complete Memphis' first back-to-back homers of the season and first since Brent Dlugach and Martin accomplished the feat at USF in 2003. Memphis snaps a four-game losing streak with the win, while USF suffers its first league loss of the season.
Martin's grand slam and Amar's solo homer highlighted a seven-run fifth inning for the Tigers. Martin followed singles by Newsom, House and Tolliver with his team-leading fourth home run of the year. Amar's home run was his third of the year. The Tigers tied a school record with12 at-bats in the inning, and came just one hit shy of the record of 10 hits in an inning. Memphis ripped six hits in the inning before recording an out. House and Newsom each posted two hits in the inning.
The Tigers never trailed in the contest as they jumped ahead with a score in the first half-inning of play for the second time in the series. Chad House led the game off with a single for the second consecutive contest. He drew a balk from USF starter Ty Pryor to move to second. Adam Amar then broke the scoreless tie with an RBI-single up the middle.
Memphis extended the lead to 4-0 in the second after Patrick Hope singled, and K.K. Chalmers recorded his fifth straight single. Following a four-pitch walk by Chris Newsom, House knocked a sac fly to center to score Hope. An RBI-single by Tolliver brought Chalmers home to put Memphis ahead 3-0. The Tigers plated their third run of the inning on a sac fly off the bat of DH Ryan Martin.
The Tiger refused to let up and took an 8-0 lead in an action-packed, four-run third. Cory Barton led off the frame with a double to left that looked like an ordinary pop up. However, USF leftfielder Tim Orlosky was unable to locate the ball as it fell at the base of the wall. Barton advanced to third on a wild pitch before Hope and Chalmers drew walks to load the sacks. An RBI-groundout by Newsom scored Hope and chased Bulls hurler, Pryor from the ballgame. House then chopped a fielder's choice groundball to first, but USF first baseman Matt McHargue opted to try to throw Hope out at the plate. The throw got away from the USF catcher as Hope slid home. Chalmers was able to score from second as the ball scooted to the backstop. Martin followed with a single up the middle to plate House.
USF found its way to the scoring column via a solo home run over the left field wall by Ty Taborelli.
A three-run shot over the leftfield wall by Brian Baisley capped a four-run inning and cut the Tiger lead to 15-5 in the home half of the fifth.
Martin paced the 17-hit attack with a 2-for-5 day and six RBI. House added three hits, three runs and a pair of RBI. Five other Tigers finished the contest with multiple hits.
Memphis starter Daniel de Armas improved to 2-0 in four and two-thirds innings. He allowed just two earned runs. Chris Davis and Chris South held the Bulls scoreless in a combined two and one-thirds innings. Pryor (2-2) took the loss for USF.
Memphis will remain on the road for its next contest, as they will travel to Murray, Ky. to face the Murray State Thoroughbreds on Tues., Mar. 29. Game time is set for 2 p.m. Murray claimed a 10-9 win over the Tigers at Nat Buring Stadium on Mar. 23. 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.