Tigers Take Two of Three From Golden Eagles
April 15, 2001
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Daniel Uggla hit his 13th home run of the season, as the University of Memphis Tigers downed the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss on Sunday afternoon 5-2, during the initial game of a twin-bill. During last night's rain-soaked contest play had to be suspended after three complete innings of play due to inclement weather. Memphis held a 2-1 lead once play resumed on Sunday after the first pitch was delivered just before 12:30 p.m.
The third game wasn't as kind to Memphis (21-14, 8-7) however, as USM (19-20, 6-9) avoided the sweep by fending off the Tigers 3-2. Memphis just couldn't bring thier runners around, as the Tigers stranded 12 base-runners, in the loss.
Uggla finished game two with a two-run homer (which occurred last-night), two runs scored and two RBI. Gabe Interiano came through with an RBI single in the eighth which jump-started a three-run Memphis rally and helped seal the Tigers 21st win of the year.
Joshua Cartwright (3-2) earned his third win of the season after going for just one-third of an inning but managed to close the door on USM with the bases-loaded, during the top of the eighth.
The Michael Artman-Ben Mosley connection worked again for USM, as the Golden Eagles tied the game at two in the seventh. Before play was suspended yesterday, Mosley had scored Southern Miss's first run after Artman came through with an RBI single. In the bottom of the eighth, the Golden Eagles committed two fatal errors which resulted in three runs for the Tigers with the first coming off an RBI single by Interiano. Josh Payne (Houston HS) came on to retire the USM side in the top of the ninth and Memphis took the second game of the series, 5-2.
Chad Rogers (4-5) took the loss for Southern Miss, after allowing two earned runs off four Tiger hits through four-and-a-third.
During the third game, USM jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Mosley struck again but this time he ripped a solo shot over the wall in left from the lead-off spot, during the top of the first. Payne then got his bat started in the bottom of the second when he drilled a two-run blast (sixth) to leftfield which gave Memphis a 2-1 lead for the third time in the series. Mosley managed to cross the plate for a second time, after Jeff Cook doubled to right-center and the Memphis lead was gone after two complete. USM struck again in the fourth when Bobby Garner left the building with a solo home run over the wall in right-center (in what proved to be the winning run) and the Golden Eagles had their second lead of the game, 3-2 but they would hold on to avoid the sweep and improve to 6-9 in league play.
Payne finished 1-for-4 during game three, including a two-run homer and two RBI.
Anthony Rawson (2-0) came on in relief duty and virtually shut down the Tigers, going for three-and-a-third while fanning seven and allowing just one hit during his second win of the season.
Bill Edwards (3-2) absorbed the loss for Memphis after giving up three earned runs off eight USM hits through four complete innings of play.
Memphis will now embark on a week-long road-trip which will include games against Murray State, SEC foe Vanderbilt and will then conclude with a three-game C-USA series in Birmingham, Ala. against the Blazers of UAB. Game times are: Tuesday, April 17th at 2 p.m. in Murray, Kent., Wednesday, April 18th at 7 p.m. in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, April, 20th at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 21st at 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 22nd at 1 p.m. All games are CST and all three games during the UAB series will take place at Young Field.