Baseball Falls 8-3 to No. 17 Alabama
April 12, 2005
TUSCALOOSA, Ala -
MEMPHIS (8-21) 101 100 000 - 3 8 1 #17 Alabama (25-10) 001 016 00X - 8 10 0
Memphis put up a valiant effort, but No. 17 Alabama erupted for six runs in the sixth inning to put the U of M upset bid to rest, and earn a hard-fought 8-3 win over the Tigers in non-conference action Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Memphis led the Tide all night, until the sixth when a bases loaded two-run RBI-single up the middle by pinch hitter Morrow Thomley gave Alabama a 5-3 lead in the home half of the sixth. A Tiger error allowed Emeel Salem to score on a Tide strikeout to extend the lead to 6-3. Gabe Scott put the contest away with his second home run of the evening--a towering two-run blast over the scoreboard in leftfield that put Bama up 8-3.
Senior DH Ryan Martin belted a solo homer over the wall in deep left centerfield to give Memphis an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Martin's home run was his fifth of the year.
Tiger starter Blake Richardson found himself in a jam in the second inning as a pair of Tide singles loaded the bases with two outs. However, Richardson was able to work out of the jam and hold Alabama off the board.
The Tigers again struck for a run in top of the third to take a 2-0 lead. Cory Barton looped a single to leftfield to lead off the inning and Chris Newsom drew a walk in the next at-bat. The duo then successfully executed the double steal before Jordan Tolliver looped an RBI-single to center to score Barton.
A third-inning homer to leftcenter by Scott put the Crimson Tide on the board and cut the Tigers' lead to 2-1.
Memphis answered back in the fourth, as K.K. Chalmers launched a two-out tripled off the base of the wall in the left centerfield gap. Barton came through with a clutch infield single, in the hole at shortstop, to plate Chalmers and put Memphis ahead 3-1.
Bama cut into the Memphis lead in the fifth on its second home run of the night, a solo blast to left, off the bat of Evan Bush.
Bama reliever Josh Copeland earned the win, allowing four hits and one run in the three innings of work. Richardson took the loss after the Tide touched him up for five earned runs in five-and-one thirds innings
Barton led the Tigers offensively with a 3-for-3 night.
The Tigers will return to the friendly confines of Nat Buring Stadium on Wed., Apr. 13 when they host Austin Peay at 6:30 p.m. Listen to the live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell on WUMR 91.7 FM.