Eight-Run Fourth Dooms Tiger Baseball in 10-4 Loss to Middle Tennessee
April 9, 2003
MURFREESBORO, Tenn.-- - MURFREESBORO, Tenn.-Middle Tennessee used an eight-run fourth inning to break open a 2-1 game to race to a 10-4 win over Memphis Wed. at Reese Smith Field. The Tigers fall 11-21 with the loss, while Middle Tennessee improves to 14-18.
It took Memphis just four batters to get on the board in the first inning. Chad House led off the game with a well-placed bunt single and then stole second. Cleanup hitter Kurt Welch came up with a clutch two-out RBI to centerfield to score House from second.
Middle scored a single run to tie the game at one in the second when Carroll, who doubled to leftfield and advanced to third on a Josh Archer groundball to first, scored on a wild pitch by Michael Novarese.
Memphis again gained the advantage at 2-1 after Welch doubled and Brent Dlugach followed with a double to score Welch.
The Blue Raiders took a commanding 9-2 lead plating eight runs in the home half of the fourth inning. Middle sent 13 batters to the plate and collected five runs on six singles before Nate Jaggers delivered the big blow with a towering three-run blast over the leftfield wall.
The Tigers retaliated with a two-run fifth to close the gap to 9-4. Kevin House led off the frame with sharp single up the middle and was followed by a single to left by Welch. After a double steal by K. House and Welch, senior Kyle Sledd came through with a clutch two-out single down the rightfield line to score both runners. However, Memphis was unable to cross another run.
MT tacked on a run in the sixth for the final 10-4 tally.
Welch led Memphis going 4-for-4 with an RBI single and two runs scored. Sledd chipped in two RBI and freshman Bill Moss added a 2-for-3 effort in the loss.
Jaggers, who went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs, paced the Blue Raiders. Freshman second baseman and Cordova High product Jeff Beachum collected three hits, as did first baseman Josh Archer.
Michael Novareses (1-5) was saddled with the loss for Memphis, while Shay Horseman (3-2) picked up the win for the Blue Raiders.
The Tigers now prepare for a three-game conference set with East Carolina beginning on Fri. April 11, in Greenville, NC.