Tiger Baseball Holds Off No. 12 Southern Miss For 5-4 Victory
April 18, 2004
Hattiesburg, Miss. - The University of Memphis baseball team slugged four home runs en route to a 5-4 victory as the Tigers defeated No. 12 Southern Miss to salvage game three of their Conference-USA series with the Golden Eagles.
Rightfielder Jordan Hart's two-run homer in the seventh proved to be the difference in the game as the Tigers (18-14, 7-8 C-USA) snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Golden Eagles (29-8, 12-3 C-USA). Hart made a spectacular catch to end the contest backhanding a soft liner in the ninth as the Golden Eagles left two men on in the last frame and 12 for the game.
Memphis starter Bill Edwards (3-2) won his second-straight league start allowing two earned runs on four hits in 6.1 innings of work. Patrick Ezell (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season surrendering all five Tiger runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings.
The Golden Eagles evened the game at two in the fourth. Beau Griffin followed a pair of one-out walks with a RBI-double down the leftfield line. USM then tied the game taking advantage of an error by Tiger first baseman Adam Amar.
Centerfielder Josh Payne sent the Tigers' third solo home run of the game over the leftfield fence in the fifth to put Memphis back in the lead. USM threatened in the sixth putting a pair of runners on with one out, but Edwards got leadoff hitter Matt Shepherd to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Hart then delivered a big two-out, two-run homer to rightfield in the seventh that staked Memphis to a 5-2 lead. Payne scored on the long ball after legging out an infield single. Edwards got one out in the seventh before allowing a double to Jarrett Hoffpauir and being replaced by Corey Kines. USM rightfielder Ryan Frith was the first batter Kines faced and the Golden Eagle slugger put the Golden Eagles with a run of the Tigers with a two-run homer.
Kines settled down after the Frith homer and retired the side in order in the eighth. But, the Golden Eagles had their chances in the ninth putting a pair of runners on with an error and a single, but the Tiger senior got Jason Lowery to line out to end the game. Kines notched his third save of the season allowing an earned run on three hits in 2.2 innings of work.
Payne, Welch and leftfielder Chad House each had two hits for the Tigers. Carlos Velazquez and Griffin had two hits a piece for the Golden Eagles.
The Tigers continue their five-game road trip through the Magnolia State with a pair of midweek games at Mississippi State this Tuesday and Wednesday. Both games are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. and can be heard live locally in Memphis on WUMR 91.7 FM.