Tiger Baseball Completes Sweep Of UAB With 7-3 Victory
April 11, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - The University of Memphis baseball team posted a five-run third inning en route to a 7-3 victory and series sweep of UAB Sunday at Nat Buring Stadium. It was the first Conference USA series win over the Blazers (14-17, 2-9) in Head Coach Dave Anderson's four years at the helm of the Tigers (17-12, 6-6 C-USA).
Shortstop Brent Dlugach and catcher Kurt Welch each doubled for the Tigers in their five-run third frame as the duo extended their career-high hitting streaks to 11 and seven games, respectively. Welch had a pair of hits and two RBIs. UAB second baseman Seth Rollin also had a pair of hits and RBIs.
The Blazers put a run on the board in the first on a RBI-single by Seth Rollin to grab a quick 1-0 lead. However, Memphis starter Bill Edwards allowed just one run after that over the next 5.2 innings to keep the Tigers comfortably ahead.
Memphis put together its second five-run inning of the series in third to take a 5-1 advantage. Chad House drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Michael Lewis scored the second run on a throwing error by UAB catcher Eugene Rodriguez. Dlugach and Welch then hit back-to-back doubles to the right-centerfield gap to plate three more runs.
UAB cut the lead to 6-2 in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Rodriguez, but the third double-play of the day by the Tiger defense cut the Blazer rally short.
Rightfielder Jordan Hart picked up the next two Tiger RBIs with a single in the sixth. He then drew a bases loaded walk in the eighth to give Memphis a 7-2 lead.
UAB threatened late in the ninth inning plating a run and working the bases loaded with two outs in the frame, but Memphis reliever Michael Novarese recorded the final out of the game inducing UAB slugger Zac Ward to fly out to centerfield. It was Novarese's first save of the season.
Edwards (2-2) allowed just five hits and two earned runs while fanning a pair of Blazers to pick up the win. Blazer starter Jeff Brown (2-3) took the loss giving up six runs on six hits in 5.2 innings.
The Tigers return to action Tuesday at Austin Peay with game time set for 6:30 p.m. in Clarksville.