Tigers Rally in 10th For 7-4 Win Against Bearcats
March 30, 2002
CINCINNATI - After yesterday's two-out rally in the eighth, the U of M staged another dramatic finish but this time in the form of a three-run tenth to roll past Cincinnati 7-4.
"Another game with good pitching and solid defense got us the win which in the past, had been a problem for us," said head coach Dave Anderson. "We missed some early opportunities but rebounded with some clutch hitting with two-outs in the tenth and managed to score three runs."
The Tigers, led by freshman shortstop Brent Dlugach (Germantown, Tenn./Houston HS) who was 3-for-5 with two doubles, a two-run homer, three RBI and a run scored, evened their C-USA mark at 4-4 and 7-14 overall while the Bearcats fell to 11-14-1 and 1-6-1 in league play.
Tied at one through three innings of play, the Tigers went on to score runs in the fourth and fifth innings and led 3-1 entering the bottom of the fifth when starter Matt Krabbe began to fade. Krabbe, who had allowed just two hits before starting the fifth, hit a batter to begin the inning and later walked another before giving up a two-out single which scored two and tied the game at three.
The Tigers then jumped ahead 4-3 in the sixth when senior catcher Barrett Smith (Memphis, Tenn./White Station HS) was hit by a pitch to start the inning and later scored when sophomore third baseman Kyle Scott hit into a double-play (Germantown, Tenn/Germantown HS).
Junior pitcher Joel Posey (Covington, Tenn./Covington HS) started the sixth and retired seven straight before he allowed the tying run in the eighth on an RBI single from Nate Fish. The ninth inning then eventually came and went with both pitchers getting three-straight outs setting the stage for the tenth. After Memphis produced two quick outs with a strikeout and ground-out, junior first baseman Andy Gesell (Memphis, Tenn./Briarcrest HS) started the rally with a single to right and later advanced to second on a passed ball. Dlugach then stepped up and slammed his team-leading fifth home run of the season over the wall in rightfield and was followed by Smith who sent another pitch over the wall in left-center for his second round-tripper of the year and the final run in the win.
Posey grabbed his first win as a Tiger, to improve to 1-4 this year and redshirt-reliever Josh Cartwright earned his first save of the season after he retired all three UC batters he faced to preserve the Tigers' fourth-straight conference win. Gesell extended his hitting streak to seven games while sophomore outfielder Josh Payne (Memphis, Tenn./Houston HS) had a single, scored a run and contributed an RBI and redshirt-senior Jay Fik hit his third home run of the season.
The Tigers and Bearcats close things out tomorrow at 11 a.m. CST. Due to rain in the forecast tomorrow, the game was moved back one hour from it's originally scheduled start.