Baseball Drops Second Straight 6-3 Decision to UAB
April 9, 2005
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
MEMPHIS (8-19; 2-9 C-USA) 010 001 010 - 3 8 1 UAB (21-10; 6-5 C-USA) 230 100 00X - 6 9 1
Memphis could not overcome an early game two deficit as UAB claimed a 6-3 win for the second consecutive day in the C-USA series. Memphis falls to 8-19 with its sixth straight loss.
UAB took hold of a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Clint Toomey reached on an infield error and moved to second on a sac bunt by Levi Patmon. Third baseman Zac Ward singled through the side, but Tiger leftfielder Chad House was able to throw Toomey out at the plate to save an early run. Memphis was not able to hold UAB as Nathan McCorkle followed Ward's single with an RBI-double deep in the right centerfield gap. Cole Helms then posted the Blazers third straight hit, scoring McCorkle on an RBI-single to rightfield.
An Adam Amar solo home run in the second put the Tigers on the board and cut the UAB deficit in half at 2-1.
The Blazers responded with three runs in the home half of the second to take a commanding 5-1 lead. A leadoff double by J.R. Bond and a walk by Ryan Metcalf put two Blazers on before Toomey lined a two-run double into the rightfield corner. Levi Patmon brought him home on a groundout to put UAB on top 5-1.
Toomey struck again, in the fourth, and gave the Blazers a 6-1 advantage with a run-scoring double.
Down by five runs, Memphis continued to battle in the eighth. House drew a walk and Martin then lined a two-out double to the gap in right centerfield to score House from first to cut into the lead 6-3.
Neil Schenk struggled in his starting role, giving up five runs on five hits in one-and-one-thirds innings. Tim Senter had perhaps his strongest outing of the season in relief of Schenk. The side-armer retired 11 Blazers in a row from the fourth to eighth innings and struck out four in six-and-two-thirds innings of relief action. Jeff Brown picked up the win for UAB after scattering eight hits in eight innings. Eric Roberts worked a scoreless ninth to record his seventh save of the year.
House and Martin led the Memphis offense as each posted multiple hit performances.
Memphis and UAB will meet for the series finale on Sunday, with the first pitch coming at 1 p.m. at Young Memorial Field. Listen to the live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell on WUMR 91.7 FM.