Tiger Baseball Splits Doubleheader With No. 13 Tulane
May 2, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - The University of Memphis baseball team split a doubleheader with No. 13 Tulane Sunday blanking the Green Wave in game one, 4-0, then falling in extra innings, 6-4, in game two. Tulane (32-14, 15-6 C-USA) won the series with their game-two victory staying within two games of Conference USA leader East Carolina, who swept Houston in a weekend series. Memphis (22-19, 10-10 C-USA) fell to .500, but remained in sixth place in the league standings.
Memphis starter Derek Hankins tossed a six-hitter in the first seven-inning contest while Tulane designated hitter Scott Madden delivered a game-winning, two-run single in the eighth inning of game two to highlight the double dip.
In game one, Hankins struck out seven to record his first shutout of the season and shortstop Brent Dlugach had a pair of hits and three RBI to the lead the Tigers' to a 4-0 victory.
The Tigers staged a two-out rally in the third after Tulane starter Brian Bogusevic struck out the first two batters in the frame. Chad House drew a walk and Bill Moss singled before Dlugach drove both runners in with a triple to right field giving Memphis a 2-0 lead.
Tulane loaded the bases in the fourth off Hankins on a pair of singles and a walk, but the right-hander got Tommy Manzella to ground into fielder's choice to end the inning. Memphis DH Ryan Martin tripled to lead off the fourth and scored on a perfectly executed squeeze play to push the Tigers' lead to 3-0. Centerfielder Josh Payne laid down the bunt in front of Bogusevic.
In the fifth, House pushed a bunt single down the first base line and later scored in the inning on a RBI-single by Dlugach extending the Memphis lead to 4-0. Hankins was strong down the stretch fanning three in the final two innings. Bogusevic took the loss falling to 6-4.
In game two, Tulane battled back to take a 6-4 win in extra innings using a two-run single by Madden in the eighth to escape with a series win. The Tigers had a pair of leads in the contest, but could not hold on for the win as Tulane reliever Daniel Latham (3-1) tossed 3.2 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win.
The Tigers struck for three runs in the first to grab a quick lead off Green Wave starter Cory Hahn. Martin singled up the middle with the bases loaded to score a pair. Catcher Kurt Welch scored from third while Martin was caught trying to steal second.
Wes Swackhamer put Tulane on the board with a solo home run in the second and the Green Wave tied it up with two runs in the third. The visitors took advantage of four hits and a pair of errors to even the game. Joe Holland scored on a single by Bogusevic after Jordan Hart misplayed a ball in rightfield for the Tigers and Swackhamer added a RBI-single.
An RBI-bloop double by Welch scored House, who had singled, in the fifth put the Tigers up 4-3. Their lead was shortlived though as the Green Wave tied it again in the sixth on a solo home run by catcher Greg Dini.
Latham gave up a pair of singles in the seventh, but he was able to get Martin to flyout to center to send the game to extra innings. The Green Wave capitalized on its extra opportunity as the first four batters singled in the eighth including two on bunts down the third base line.
Welch led an 11-hit attack by the Tigers in game two with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate. Moss and Dlugach also had a pair of hits for Memphis while Swackhamer and Dini each had three hits for the Green Wave. Kines (1-2) took the loss for Memphis allowing two earned runs in 2.2 innings of relief.
The Tigers return to play this weekend as they travel to Texas to take on the Houston Cougars in a three-game C-USA series.