Tiger Baseball Holds Off UAB To Earn 5-3 Victory
April 10, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - Memphis pitchers Derek Hankins and Corey Kines combined to strikeout 15 UAB batters as the Tigers defeated the Blazers 5-3 Saturday at Nat Buring Stadium. Shortstop Brent Dlugach extended his hitting streak to 10 games with two hits and a pair of RBIs as the Tigers (16-12, 5-6 C-USA) clinched their second-consecutive Conference USA series win.
Hankins fanned 11 Blazers (14-16, 2-8 C-USA) in his fourth victory of the season and Kines was perfect in 2.2 innings of relief retiring all eight batters he faced to notch his second save.
The Tigers staged a two-out rally in the first to take a 2-0 lead. Dlugach blooped a double down the rightfield line to score Chad House and catcher Kurt Welch drove in the junior with a RBI-single through the left side of the infield.
Memphis tacked on two more runs in the fourth when freshman Adam Amar and senior Michael Lewis each launched solo home runs off Blazer starter Cole Helms. Amar's home run was his second of the series and fifth of the season. Lewis' blast provided the game-winning run for the Tigers.
The Blazers scored an unearned run in the fifth despite Hankins striking out four batters in the frame. UAB third baseman Zac Ward doubled and scored the run when Welch's throw down to first on Hankins' third strikeout of the inning skipped into rightfield.
UAB crept within a run in the seventh on a two-run homer by Ward. Seth Rollins singled in front of Ward, who was the last batter Hankins faced in the contest. It was the second-straight double digit strikeout game for Hankins who now has 64 punchouts in 44.1 innings this season.
The Tigers plated a much-needed insurance run in the seventh to take a 5-3 lead. Third baseman Bill Moss sent a two-out double off the wall in the leftfield and scored on a RBI-single by Dlugach.
Helms took the loss for the Blazers falling to 1-1 on the season after allowing four earned runs in 3.2 innings. UAB reliever Adam Price fanned five Tigers in 4.1 innings.
Steady rainfall delayed the start of the game for an hour and 20 minutes. The Tigers and Blazers conclude the series Easter Sunday with first pitch set for 1 p.m. An Easter Egg hunt for all children in attendance will take place immediately following the conclusion of the game.