Tiger Baseball Falls To No. 5 Ole Miss 7-3
April 6, 2004
Oxford, Miss. - A three-run sixth inning propelled No. 5 Ole Miss to a 7-3 come-from-behind victory over Memphis in non-conference baseball action Wednesday at Swayze Field. With the victory, the Rebels (25-4) swept the home-and-home series from the Tigers (14-12) for the second time in four seasons.
Preseason All-American Stephen Head led a 12-hit Rebel attack at the plate with a trio of hits. The Rebel first baseman had a pair of doubles, a single and two RBIs. Rightfielder Seth Smith also added a pair of hits and RBIs.
Ole Miss scored a pair of cheap runs in the first off Memphis starter Stephen Gostkowski when Cooper Osteen scored on an error after reaching base on a bloop single. Matt Tolbert then scored on a RBI-groundout by Smith.
The Tigers got a run back in the fourth after Brent Dlugach scored on a RBI-single by centerfielder Josh Payne. Dlugach doubled down the leftfield line to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Memphis evened the game at two in the fifth on a RBI-single by Michael Lewis. Leftfielder Chad House singled and moved to second on a wild pitch by Ole Miss reliever Anthony Cupps.
Third baseman Bill Moss came up with a big two-out hit in the sixth to drive in the go-ahead run as he singled into left field. Kyle Scott drew a two-out walk and moved into scoring position on a balk by Cupps.
The Rebels rallied in their half of the sixth to take the lead back for good scoring a trio of runs. Tiger reliever Zach Cook (1-2) surrendered three hits and two runs in the frame to take the loss for the Tigers.
Rebel centerfielder Miles Franklin drove in the first run with a double down the rightfield line and Head added a RBI-single and Smith drove in his second run with a sharp single to right. Ole Miss reliever Cupps (2-0) tossed two scoreless innings to pick up the win.
Ole Miss tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth on a RBI-double by Head and a RBI-single by Chris Coghlan.
Moss was the only Tiger with a pair of hits in first start since missing the last 20 games with a broken finger on his right hand.
Memphis returns to action Wednesday against Arkansas State as the Tigers will play at Nat Buring Stadium for the first time this season. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at the South Campus facility.