Baseball Wins 15-10 Slugfest With UAB
April 20, 2002
Junior centerfielder Paul Cookman was 4-for-5 with four runs and three RBI to help lead Memphis to a 15-10 Conference USA win over UAB at Nat Buring Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Cookman was one of seven Tigers with two or more hits, as the Tigers posted season highs in runs with 15 and hits with 20.
With the score tied 5-5 through five-and-a-half, the Tigers broke the game open with a five-run sixth, highlighted by a three-run, pinch-hit home run off the bat of senior Paul Reuer. The home run was the second of Reuer's four-year Tiger career, as the Schaumberg, Ill., native finished the afternoon 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBI.
The Tigers added another run in the seventh and four more in the eighth, which allowed Memphis to survive a four-run ninth-inning UAB rally.
Senior right-hander Nick Steht kept the Tigers close early, allowing five runs (two earned) on six hits over the first 5.0 innings. Freshman reliever Michael Novarese allowed five runs (two earned) on four hits and struck out three for his team-leading fourth victory.
Other Tiger standouts were junior third baseman Kyle Scott (3-for-5, run), freshman second baseman Chris Godwin (3-for-4, three RBI), sophomore right fielder Josh Payne (2-for-4, run, RBI), senior catcher Barrett Smith (2-for-5, two runs, RBI) and freshman shortstop Ryan Leach (2-for-5, run, RBI).
The Tigers and Blazers combined for 25 runs, 31 hits and 12 errors in the 15-10 slugfest.
Memphis (14-21, 7-10) hosts the final game of a three-game C-USA series with the Blazers (12-26, 4-13) on Sunday afternoon at Nat Buring Stadium at 1 p.m.