Long Ball Sends Tiger Baseball to 6-3 Defeat
April 9, 2005
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
MEMPHIS (8-18; 2-8 C-USA) 201 000 000 - 3 7 0 UAB (20-10; 5-5 C-USA) 001 400 10X - 6 11 0
Memphis scored the first three runs of the game, but UAB stormed back to score the next six and hand Memphis a 6-3 loss in Conference USA action Friday night at Young Memorial Field. For the third time in four league games, the Tigers were hurt by the long ball, as UAB catcher Rush Knight's fourth-inning blast proved to be the game-winning hit for the Blazers.
Memphis jumped on Blazer starter Cole Helms early with a pair of first-inning runs. Leadoff hitter Jordan Tolliver and freshman Chris Newsom led off the contest with consecutive walks. The Tiger seniors then came through to give Memphis a 2-0 lead. Senior leftfielder Chad House laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Tolliver and Newsom to third and second, respectively. Ryan Martin then ripped a single through the right side to plate both runners.
An RBI-single in the third inning by Cory Barton scored Robbie Goss and gave the Tigers a 3-0 cushion, but UAB was able to answer with a run of their own on a run-scoring single by Levi Patmon to cut the Memphis lead to 3-1 in the home half of the third.
Memphis did not help its cause, leaving seven runners on base in the first three innings, including leaving the bases jammed in the first and third. They also left a runner in scoring position in the second.
Tiger hurler Daniel de Armas ran into a bit of trouble in the fourth, as UAB rallied for four runs. Blazer first baseman Nathan McCorkle, Helms and Seth Rollin posted consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs. Knight then dealt Memphis the big blow when he lifted a de Armas offering over the rightfield wall for a three-run homer to put the Blazers on top 5-3.
UAB added an insurance run in the seventh after Zac Ward doubled to the leftfield corner and McCorkle knocked him in with a single to center.
Adam Price (4-3) earned the win for the Blazers after coming on in relief of Helms in the fourth inning. Price finished the game with six strikeouts and allowed just two Memphis hits in six innings. de Armas was the losing pitcher for the Tigers after giving up six earned runs in six-and-two-thirds innings.
Memphis and UAB will continue the series with game two on Saturday, at Young Memorial Field. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. Listen to the live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell on WUMR 91.7 FM.