Baseball Swept by No. 1 Tulane, fall 12-9 in Series Finale
May 8, 2005
NEW ORLEANS -
MEMPHIS (10-36, 4-20 C-USA) 202 000 104 - 9 14 1 #1 Tulane (42-8, 19-5 C-USA) 004 230 30X - 12 14 0
Tulane starter J.R. Crowel rebounded from a shaky start to strikeout a career-high tying 10 Memphis batters to pick up a 12-9 win in Sunday's series finale at Turchin Stadium. The Green Wave earned its ninth straight series win over the Tigers with the sweep.
For the second consecutive game, the Memphis offense got going early. K.K. Chalmers belted his second career home run to open the scoring. Memphis took a 2-0 lead when Patrick Hope's single found its way through the hole between shortstop and third base to score Adam Amar.
Amar gave the Tigers a 4-0 lead in the third when he blasted a two-run shot over the left centerfield wall.
Tulane stormed back with four runs in the fourth inning to tie the contest. After recording two outs in the first two batters of the inning, the Green Wave staged a strong two-out rally. Nathan Southard got the rally started by drawing a four-pitch walk. Consecutive singles by Brad Emaus, Tommy Manzella and Micah Owings produced a pair of TU runs. Designated hitter Scott Madden tied the game with a two-run single to right.
The Wave took its first lead of the game in fourth stanza. Greg Dini led off the inning with a single. He advanced to third when Tiger third baseman Chalmers' throw to second, on a fielder's choice by Southard, sailed high and wide of Pat Hope. Emaus followed the play with a two-run double to the leftfield corner to put Tulane ahead 6-4.
TU extended its lead to 9-4 with three runs in the home half of the fifth. The Green Wave opened the frame with three consecutive walks drawn by Brian Bogusevic, Madden and Joe Holland. Dini lifted a sac fly to right to score Bogusevic, and Matt Barket sent a double off the base of the wall in right centerfield to bring home Madden and Holland for the five-run cushion.
Memphis cut the lead to 9-5 in the seventh on an RBI-single by Amar, but Tulane retaliated with a three-run home half of the frame to make it 12-5. The Green Wave seventh was highlighted by back-to-back home runs by Barket and Southard.
Memphis did not go down without a fight, bringing the tying run to the plate in a four-run ninth inning. Tolliver led the frame off with a double down the rightfield line and Chalmers followed with his fourth triple of the season to score Tolliver. Chalmers scored on a passed ball to cut the TU lead to 12-7. Chad House then drew a walk and Amar lined a single to the right to put runners on the corners. Chris Newsom's clutch two-out hit scored House and Amar was driven in on a two-out single by Moss for the 12-9 final.
Neil Schenk was the losing pitcher for the Tigers. The freshman southpaw fanned four and allowed eight runs in four innings.
Amar had four hits and three RBI to lead the Tigers, while Chalmers went 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI. The freshman was a double shy of the cycle. Tolliver also posted multiple hits in a 3-for-5 effort.
The Tigers will now return home for a pair of midweek games against Arkansas State on Tues., May 10 and UT-Martin on Wed., May 11. Listen to the live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell on WUMR 91.7 FM.