Grube, Tigers Blank UAB 9-0 In C-USA Baseball Action
April 9, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. -- The University of Memphis baseball team returned to its home complex in style by blanking the UAB Blazers 9-0 in the team's first game of the season at Nat Buring stadium. Memphis starter Jarrett Grube fired a three-hit shutout and the Tigers tallied five first-inning runs to secure game one of the Conference-USA series.
The Tigers (15-12, 4-6 C-USA) smashed three home runs including two in the first frame while Grube allowed just three singles and struckout 10 Blazers (12-13, 2-7 C-USA) to improve to 6-1 on the season. It was the first nine-inning shutout for a Tiger pitcher since Chad House blanked West Virginia during the 1999 season.
The home team gave Grube a comfortable lead in the first plating five runs off UAB starter Griffin Zarbough as rightfielder Jordan Hart led the barrage off by sending the first pitch the Blazer lefthander threw out of the park. Freshman Adam Amar added a two-run shot in the frame while catcher Kurt Welch and centerfielder Josh Payne each contributed run-scoring hits.
Memphis put two more runs on the board in the third to build a 7-0 advantage. Welch added his second hit of the game and Amar drove in his third run of the game with a sacrifice fly to rightfield. Dlugach drew his second walk and scored on a passed by Blazer reliever Eric Roberts.
Grube held UAB hitless through five innings before centerfielder Sam Clark led off the sixth for the Blazers with a single to rightfield.
Dlugach drew a bases loaded walk, which was his third free pass of the game, in the sixth to push across the eighth run of the game for Memphis. The Tigers' shortstop extended his hitting streak to nine games and capped off the scoring with 420-foot solo home run.
Second baseman Michael Lewis and Welch each had two hits for the Tigers who snapped a four-game losing streak to the Blazers. Zarbough lasted just one inning allowing five earned runs on five hits to fall to 2-2 on the season.
The series between the Tigers and the Blazers resumes Saturday with game two at 2 p.m.