Baseball Tops Tulane, 13-7
April 7, 2002
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - After plating just two runs in their first two games against the Green Wave this weekend, the Tigers scored 13 runs on 13 hits for a 13-7 win over Tulane at Nat Buring Stadium today.
Down 4-1 through two-and-a-half, the Tigers rallied to score seven runs - all with two outs - in the bottom of the third. Tulane pitchers walked two Memphis batters, hit another and balked three times to help keep the Tiger third inning alive. The Tigers had five hits in the third, highlighted by a two RBI double by sophomore second baseman Michael Lewis and a two-run triple by junior right fielder Paul Cookman.
The Green Wave cut the Tiger lead to 8-5 on a sacrifice fly from Tulane second baseman James Jurries in the top of the fourth, but that was as close as the Green Wave would come all afternoon.
Memphis put the game away with a five-run rally in the bottom of the fifth. Sophomore left fielder Josh Payne and senior catcher Barrett Smith were both hit by pitches with the bases loaded and senior designated hitter Jay Fik followed Smith with a bases-loaded triple to cap the Tiger scoring.
Lewis was 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored and Fik finished 2-for-4 with four RBI to pace the Tigers. Cookman and senior centerfielder Paul Reuer each had three hits and combined to score five runs and drive in three.
Freshman right-hander Michael Novarese battled through five innings for the win and improves to 2-2 on the year. Freshman Daniel de Armas, junior Josh Cartwright and Payne combined for the last four innings to preserve the win.
The win comes as the Tigers' first victory over Tulane in 14 games. The last time the Tigers defeated the Green Wave was on April 14, 1998, by a score of 4-2.
Memphis is back in action on Tuesday evening when it head to Oxford, Miss., to take on the No. 15 Ole Miss Rebels at 6:30 p.m.