Derek Hankins Strikes Out 14 In 6-2 Complete Game Win Over Louisville
April 3, 2004
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- - Junior pitcher Derek Hankins became the first Memphis pitcher ever to strike out 14 hitters as he accomplished the feat in the first complete game by a Tiger pitcher this year. Hankins held the Louisville offense to just four hits to lead the Tigers to a 6-2 win over the Cardinals in the second game of the three-game conference series Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. Memphis claims its first C-USA series win of the year after winning the first two games of the series.
It did not take the Cardinals long to get on the board as second baseman Nick Haley led off the home half of the first with a solo home run to right centerfield.
After crossing a pair of runs in the second, Memphis took control of the ballgame in the sixth inning. Josh Payne led off the frame with a single and Kyle Scott broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run blast to rightfield. Chad House and Patrick Hope followed with back-to-back singles. House then scored from third on a wild pitch to give Memphis a 5-2 edge.
Memphis, who roped 12 hits on the afternoon, tacked on an additional run in the top of the seventh for a 6-2 advantage.
Brent Dlugach recorded his second consecutive three-hit performance, going 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored on the afternoon. Scott also had three hits to go along with three RBI in contest. Scott fell a triple short of the cycle.
Hankins (3-3) retired 18 the last 19 Louisville hitters and faced the minimum through the last six innings en route to picking the win. Cardinal hurler B.J. Rosenberg (1-1) was handed the loss
The Tigers will look to sweep the season series in the finale on Sunday at Noon at Cardinal Stadium. The game will be broadcast live locally on WUMR 91.7.