Tiger Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader From USF
April 25, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - The University of Memphis baseball team swept a pair of seven-inning games from USF Sunday at Nat Buring Stadium using strong pitching to take game one 1-0 and timely hitting to earn a 7-2 victory in game two. The Tigers (20-16, 9-8 C-USA) and Bulls were finally able to squeeze in a pair of games after seeing Friday's and Saturday's contests postponed by heavy rains throughout the MidSouth.
In game one, Memphis starter Jarrett Grube and Bill Edwards combined on an eight-hit shutout as the Tigers held on for a rare 1-0 victory. The shutout ended a streak of 246 games since the 2000 season that the Bulls had scored safely in and was just the second time they had ever been blanked in C-USA regular season action.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first off USF starter Casey Hedspeth after Bill Moss doubled and scored on a two-out, RBI-single by Kurt Welch. The run would be all the Tigers would need despite the Bulls threatening to score in several innings as they left 11 men on base in the game.
Hedspeth (5-3) took the loss despite keeping the Tigers off the board the rest of the way surrendering just four hits. The Bulls had a pair of hits in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings respectively, but Grube and Edwards were both able to escape the jams unscathed.
Grube (7-2) allowed a one-out single to Mike Macaluso in the seventh before giving way to Edwards. USF then loaded the bases off the Memphis righthander after a double by Myron Leslie and an intentional walk to Devan Ivany, but Edwards was able to induce Jeff Baisley into an game-ending double play to pick up his third save of the season. Grube struck out six Bulls in the contest.
In game two, Memphis starter Derek Hankins (5-4) threw just three pitches before it was delayed an hour and 53 minutes by rain. The Bulls had a runner on second when play resumed after Macaluso led off the game with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch before the delay.
The game resumed with catcher Devin Ivany driving in Malacuso with a RBI-single to give the Bulls a 1-0 lead in the first. First baseman Matt McHargue added a run to the Bulls' lead with a solo home run in the third. It was his 10th home run of the season.
USF starter Kyle Schmidt (6-3) walked the bases loaded in the third and the Tigers took advantage staging a five-run, two-out rally. Welch laced a single into left to drive in a pair of runs and designated hitter Ryan Martin then launched a three-run homer to give Memphis a 5-2 lead.
Memphis shortstop Brent Dlugach extended the Tigers' lead to 7-2 in the fifth with a two-run homer off USF reliever Chase Lirette. Moss added his second two-bagger of the doublheader scoring on Dlugach's team-leading sixth home run of the season. Hankins fanned six and allowed five hits in six innings of work while Edwards tossed a scoreless seventh to preserve the win.
Memphis continues its seven-game homestand with a two-game midweek series versus Middle Tennessee. The first game with the Blue Raiders is set for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Nat Buring.