Baseball Drops C-USA Contest With UAB, 12-2
April 21, 2002
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis dropped the third game of a Conference USA series with UAB, 12-2, at Nat Buring Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The game was called due to C-USA's getaway day slaughter rule, stating that if either team is leading by 10 or more after seven innings, the game is called so travel plans are not altered. Coming into this season, the Tigers had never fell victim to the mercy rule in their five-year affiliation with the conference. Today's loss marks the second-consecutive Sunday mercy rule loss the Tigers have suffered, last week the Tigers dropped game three to Houston, 16-6.
With the wind blowing out to left-center all afternoon, 11 of the runs scored on Sunday came via the home run. The Blazers jumped out to a commanding 9-0 third inning lead on four home runs.
Meanwhile, Blazer right-hander Jeff Brown carried a no-hitter through 5.2 innings until surrendering a pinch-hit home run to Tiger senior Jay Fik. Senior catcher Barrett Smith blasted a two-out solo home run to account for the other Tiger run.
Freshman left fielder Ryan Martin was the only other Tiger to hit safely as Brown allowed just two runs on three hits and struck out five over 8.0 innings for the complete-game victory.
Memphis (14-22) is back in action on Tuesday, when its hosts Arkansas State at Nat Buring Stadium at 7 p.m.