13th-ranked Tulane Takes 5-2 Win From Tigers In C-USA Baseball Action
April 30, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - The University of Memphis baseball team dropped a 5-1 decision to Tulane as J.R. Crowel pitched his second-straight complete game for the 13th-ranked Green Wave Friday at Nat Buring Stadium. Crowel scattered seven hits in the victory as Tulane (31-13) improved to 14-5 in Conference USA play while the Tigers (21-18) fell to 9-9 in league action.
Rightfielder Brian Bogusevic paced the Tulane offense with three singles. Memphis designated hitter Ryan Martin equaled his career-high with three hits and blasted his fifth home run of the season off Crowel in the ninth.
The Tigers recorded base hits in the first four innings, but squandered two good scoring chances as they stranded four baserunners in the opening two innings.
Grube held Tulane to just a single through the first four innings, but the Green Wave broke a scoreless tie in the fifth as the visitors plated a pair of runs on four hits. Brian Bogusevic led the inning off with his second single of the game and scored on a RBI-double by Mark Hamilton. Holland then drove Hamilton in with a RBI-single to leftfield.
Wes Swackhamer extended the Tulane lead to 4-0 in the sixth with a two-run homer. Third baseman Brian Bormaster made it a five-run lead with a solo shot in the seventh.
Memphis cracked the scoreboard in the seventh scoring an unearned run on a RBI-groundout by Michael Lewis. Martin scored after reaching on an infield single. He added a solo home run in the ninth, but that Tigers could not get any closer as Crowel (7-1) got Lewis to popout to second to end the contest.
The Tigers and Green Wave will move to AutoZone Park for game two of the series. The game is scheduled for a tentative start at 5 p.m., and will follow the conclusion of the Memphis Redbirds' contest with Oklahoma City.