Tigers Sunk By Pirates, 7-4
April 28, 2002
Memphis baseball dropped a 7-4 decision to No. 14 East Carolina at AutoZone Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers used a three-run, sixth inning rally to cut the East Carolina lead to 4-3 on an RBI single by freshman second baseman Chris Godwin and a two-out, two-run double from senior catcher Barrett Smith.
The one-run separation held up for the next two innings, thanks to a solid performance from sophomore right-hander Josh Payne. Payne had retired seven-consecutive East Carolina hitters before surrendering three runs on two hits in the top of the ninth.
Godwin singled-in freshman left fielder Ryan Martin to trim the Pirate advantage to 7-4 with two outs. But it was too little, too late as East Carolina reliever Greg Bunn got freshman shortstop Brent Dlugach looking to end a mild Tiger threat.
Junior right fielder Paul Cookman led the Tigers with three hits and scored a run, while Smith and Godwin both drove in a pair of runs to pace the Memphis offense.
The Tigers are back in action on Tuesday night, when they face UT-Martin at Nat Buring Stadium at 7 p.m.
NOTES: After being swept by East Carolina this weekend, the Tigers slipped to 10th place in the C-USA standings. Cincinatti was 2-1 against Tulane this weekend and Charlotte was 1-2 against South Florida over the weekend, as both the Bearcats and the Bulls moved past the Tigers in the standings... Senior lefthander Ryan O'Malley, who started Sunday's contest with the Pirates, got ECU's leadoff hitter to fly to right and was up 0-2 on the second batter he faced before he strained a muscle in his lower back and was removed.