Baseball Outslugged by UAB in Series Finale, 17-12
April 10, 2005
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
MEMPHIS (8-20; 2-10 C-USA) 410 330 100 - 12 15 3 UAB (22-10; 7-5 C-USA) 320 500 25X - 17 16 5
UAB broke a 12-12 tie with a five-run eighth to claim a 17-12 win in the series finale Sunday afternoon.
The five-run eight was highlighted by a three-run home run off the bat of shortstop Ryan Metcalf.
Memphis got the high-scoring affair going with four, two-out runs to open the game. Adam Amar ignited the rally with a two-out walk. Robbie Goss singled before Patrick Hope put the Tigers on the board with an RBI-single to center. Goss and Hope scored easily when K.K. Chalmers tripled to the rightfield corner. A run-scoring single by Collin Bastien capped the scoring in the opening half inning and gave Memphis an early 4-0 cushion.
The Blazers retaliated with three first-inning tallies of their own to keep the game close. Nathan McCorkle provided the big hit on a three-run blast to right center.
The Tigers plated a run in the second on an RBI-single through the hole on the left side by Goss, but a pair of Blazer runs in the home half of the inning knotted the tilt at 5-5.
The Tigers opened a tie ballgame up with a three-run fourth inning that gave them an 8-5 lead. Chris Newsom started the rally with a one-out double off the wall in center. Amar then launched his second home run in as many days just inside the rightfield foul pole to give the U of M a 7-5 lead. Goss reached on an infield error and moved to third on a double to left, by Hope. Chalmers drove in Memphis' third run of the innings when his groundout to shortstop brought Goss home.
The lead was short-lived as UAB responded with five runs in the bottom of the fourth. A clutch, two-out double by Ward cut the Tigers' lead to one run at 8-7. Cole Helms followed an intentional walk drawn by McCorkle with a three-run blast over the wall in left center to give the Blazers a 10-8 advantage.
Memphis won the answerback inning as Eric Smith led off the frame with a double to right centerfield. He moved to third on a ground ball out by Cory Barton and scored on a single by Chad House. Back-to-back singles by Newsom and Amar scored House to tie the contest at 10-10. Hope put Memphis ahead, 11-10, with a looping RBI-double just out of the reach of UAB rightfielder Helms. The Tigers benefited from a wild pitch in the seventh to take a 12-10 lead.
Hope led the Tigers offensively with a three-hit day that included a pair of doubles and two RBI. House, Newsom, Amar, Goss and Chalmers also recorded multiple hits in the game. Memphis left 13 runners on base in the game, including stranding eight in scoring position.
Drew Jaudon was tagged with the loss for Memphis after giving up seven runs in one-and-one-thirds innings of relief. Eric Roberts picked up the win for UAB after holding Memphis off the board in two-and-one thirds innings of relief work.
The Tigers will remain on the road for its next contest. Memphis will battle Alabama on Tues., Apr. 12. First pitch at Sewell-Thomas Stadium is slated for 6:30 p.m. Listen to the live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell on WUMR 91.7 FM.