Baseball Suffers Tough 11-10 Loss to No. 1 Tulane
May 7, 2005
NEW ORLEANS -
MEMPHIS (10-35, 4-19 C-USA) 210 111 400 - 10 13 2 #1 Tulane (41-8, 18-5 C-USA) 010 523 00X - 11 13 4
Memphis scored in six of the first seven innings and pounded out 13 hits, but was unable to recover from a five-run Tulane fifth as the nation's top-ranked team was able to hold on for an 11-10 win over the Tigers in Conference USA action Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium.
Memphis touched up Tulane starter and All-American Brian Bogusevic early in the contest. Jordan Tolliver led the contest off with a single and then scored the first run of the game on a two-run single off the bat of Cory Barton. Barton went 2-for-4 on the day with a pair of RBI.
Patrick Hope singled through the right side to start the second. Brent Moss then singled and Tolliver reached on a catcher's interference by TU backstop Greg Dini to load the sacks. The Tigers extended the lead to 3-0 when Tulane shortstop Tommy Manzella misplayed a groundball by K.K. Chalmers, allowing Hope to score.
Tulane answered with a run in the second on an RBI-single by Joe Holland, but a run-scoring single by Moss helped the Tiger's regain the three-run advantage at 4-1.
That would be the last time Memphis held the lead as the Green Wave posted 10 runs over the next three innings to take control of the contest. Tulane sent 11 batters to the plate in a five-run fourth that gave them a 6-4 lead. The stanza saw the Wave produce four singles as Matt Barket, Holland and Nathan Southard each drove in runs in consecutive plate appearances. The Memphis defense did not help its cause, as TU was able to plate a pair of unearned tallies on a throwing error by the U of M infield.
Cory Barton cut the lead to one run at 6-5 with a single to left, but back-to-back doubles by Southard and Brad Emaus brought home two runs to extend the Green Wave cushion to 8-5 after five.
The Tiger offense continued to battle and got a single from Chad House to score Tolliver and make it 8-6, but again Tulane answered. This time the Wave put up three scores in the sixth to take what seemed to be a commanding 11-6 lead.
But Memphis would not give up and rallied in the seventh for four runs to pull to an 11-10 contest. Consecutive walks by Chris Newsom and Moss set things up for Tolliver, who delivered an RBI-single. Chalmers drew a walk to load the bases and Chad House sent a deep sacrifice fly to center to drive Moss in and cut the TU lead to 11-8. With two outs, Memphis took advantage of an error by Manzella at short, to score Tolliver and House to make it a one-run game. However, that would be the final run Memphis could scratch out as Tulane held on for the win.
Bogusevic (9-1) earned the win despite giving up five runs on nine hits in five innings. Junior righthander Stephen Gostkowski (1-7) gave the Tigers five strong innings of work, but gave up eight runs on 10 hits. The Memphis bullpen was solid for the second straight game as relievers Chris South, Blake Richardson and Drew Jaudon were able to hold the league top scoring team to two earned runs over the final three innings.
Tolliver finished the contest with three hits and three runs scored, while House chipped in with a 2-for-3 effort with a two runs scored and two RBI. Moss posted the first hit and first RBI of his career in a 2-for-3 outing.
The Tigers and Green Wave will wrap up the series on Sunday with the first pitch set for 1 p.m. at Turchin Stadium. Listen to the live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell on WUMR 91.7 FM.