Tiger Baseball Pounds Middle Tennessee 10-5
April 27, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - The University of Memphis baseball team pounded out 10 hits in a 10-5 victory over Middle Tennessee Tuesday at Nat Buring Stadium. It was the sixth straight win for the Tigers (21-16) at their home park as catcher Kurt Welch and designated hitter Ryan Martin each had three RBIs. The Tigers equaled their win total of 21 from last season with the victory.
A wild first inning saw the Blue Raiders (26-16) take a 3-0 lead on a Derek Phillips RBI-double and a Brett Carroll two-run homer only to see the Tigers answer with four runs of their own to claim a 4-3 lead.
The first four batters reached on singles as the Tigers posted five hits in the inning and were aided on two errors by Carroll. Brent Dlugach drove in the first run with a single through the left side and Welch laced a single to right to drive in two. Adam Amar scored the fourth run on a wild pitch by Middle Tennessee starter Jeff Kasser.
The Tigers extended their lead to 5-3 in the fourth on a RBI-groundout by Chad House. Middle Tennessee closed within a run on a RBI-single by Phillips and tried to tie it, but he was thrown out at the plate by Memphis rightfielder Jordan Hart on a single by Shane Kemp. It was Hart's 12th outfield assist of the season.
Memphis pushed its lead to 8-4 in the fifth on a three-run homer by Martin. Blue Raider reliever Travis Horschel walked Dlugach and hit Josh Payne to set up Martin's fourth home run of the season.
The Tigers built their lead to 10-4 in the sixth as Chad House singled and scored on a triple by Bill Moss. Welch drove in Moss with a sacrifice fly to right. House and Moss each had two hits in the game.
Middle threatened in the ninth loading the bases but the Blue Raiders plated just one run on a RBI-double by Carroll as Memphis reliever Corey Kines recorded the final two outs in the game.
Lefthander Brandon Rowan (2-1) tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win. Kasser took the loss allowing four earned runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings of work. Stephen Gostkowski started for the Tigers allowing four runs 4.1 innings.
Memphis and Middle Tennessee will conclude the two-game set Wednesday with first pitch at 2 p.m. The Tigers host Tulane in Conference USA series this weekend.