Power Outage In Starkville Halts Tiger Baseball Game With MSU
April 21, 2004
Starkville, Miss. - With the Tigers trailing Mississippi State 7-2 in the top of sixth, a transformer within 100 yards of the leftfield wall behind Dudy Noble Field blew causing an immediate power outage. The game was officially called after an hour and five-minute delay while technicians attempted to fix the problem. The game will be official after an agreement by both head coaches.
Each team had 10 hits in the contest, but the Bulldogs were able to do more with their opportunities. MSU (24-14) first baseman Brad Jones went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs while catcher Craig Tatum went 3-for-3 with a RBI. Third baseman Bill Moss led the Memphis (18-16) offense with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate.
The Tigers got off to a quick start banging out four hits in the first inning off MSU starter Eric Ebers to take a 2-0 lead. Shortstop Brent Dlugach drove in the first run with a RBI-groundout and catcher Kurt Welch followed with a RBI-single to right.
The Bulldogs scored seven unanswered runs including three in their half of the first to take a 3-2 lead off Memphis starter Michael Novarese. Tatum had a RBI-double and Jones belted a two-run homer in the frame.
MSU extended its lead to 5-2 in the second on a RBI-groundout by Jeffrey Rea and a RBI-single by Steve Gendron. In the Bulldog fifth, the first five batters reached as the home team plated a pair of runs on four hits off Novarese and reliever Zach Cook. Jones and Jeff Butts had RBI-singles in the frame.
Novarese (1-1) took the loss after allowing seven earned runs on eight hits in four innings of work. MSU reliever Jamie Gant held Memphis scoreless through 2.2 innings despite allowing four hits to the Tigers. Memphis left eight man stranded in the shortened contest.
The Tigers return to Memphis for an eight-game home stand beginning with a Conference-USA series this weekend against USF. Game one of that series is set for 7 p .m., Friday at Nat Buring Stadium.