Brent Dlugach Powers Memphis To 6-2 Win Over Middle Tennessee
April 8, 2003
MURFREESBORO, Tenn.-- - Sophomore shortstop Brent Dlugach hit his first home run of the season, a three run blast to right, and eight Memphis pitchers combined to hold Middle Tennessee scoreless in the final seven innings to push the Tigers to a 6-2 win over the Blue Raiders Tuesday in non-conference action. The Tiger have now won four of the last five and improve to 11-20 on the year. Middle Tennessee falls to 13-18.
Middle Tennessee jumped out to the early lead in the first inning, scoring one run off Tiger starter Josh Payne. Freshman rightfielder Marcus Taylor got the blue Raider offense started with a double to the rightfield corner and designated hitter Nate Jaggers followed with an RBI single. In his second appearance as a pitcher, Payne gave up just one run on three hits and struck out two in one inning of work.
Memphis responded in the top of the second with two runs of their own after catcher Kurt Welch led the frame off with a walk. Dlugach then laid down a bunt to sacrifice Welch to second, but was allowed to reach first when Middle Tennessee starter B.J. Church (1-1) was unable to get a handle on the ball to make the play. With runners on first and second with no outs, junior third baseman Kyle Scott sacrificed Welch and Dlugach to second and third respectively. The Tiger's lone senior Kyle Sledd then plated both baserunners with an RBI single to left to give Memphis a 2-1 advantage.
The Tigers took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on Sledd's second RBI of the night. Sledd's Rbi groundout scored Scott, who led the inning off with a double and then advanced to third on Ryan Martin's ground ball to short.
After three innings of shutout ball by the Memphis staff and MT's Church, the Tigers put the game away in the eighth inning after Michael Lewis walked to start the inning and Scott reached after being hit by a pitch. Dlugach then blasted a shot to right to give Memphis the final 6-2 advantage.
Bill Edwards (3-4) picked up the win for Memphis is just 2.0 innings of relief work. Edwards gave up one run on one hit and struck out one. Redshirt freshman pitchers Daniel Adams and Drew Kimmelman, Corey Kines, Andrew Christie, Stephen Gostkowski and Brandon Rowan teamed up to hold the Blue Raiders to just two hits an no runs in the final seven innings of play. Rowan earned his team-leading second save in 0.2 innings.
MT starter Church, who beat the Tigers in the first game between the two teams earlier this season, suffered the loss after scattering five hits, but giving up four runs in 7.1 innings on the hill.
Memphis will return to the diamond on Wed., April 9, in the final meeting of the season between the two schools. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Reese Smith Field.