Baseball Falls Behind, But Catches Indians and Wins 31st of Season, 6-3
May 9, 2001
Jonesboro, Ark. - The University of Memphis travelled to Arkansas State for their final non-conference game of the season, and came out a little flat against the Indians in the first few innings.
Memphis gave up three runs in the bottom of the second inning off of Tiger starter Jarod Wilson, who went three innings and did not pick up a decision in his fifth start of the season. Wilson did settle down and strike out four batters.
Memphis was able to capitalize on five ASU errors on the evening, and they put up two runs in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.
The Tigers cracked the scoring column first in the top of the fourth inning, when Barrett Smith doubled and scored off of a single by Justin Thomas. Jay Fik, who had reached on a walk, scored from third on a pickoff error to second base during the next at-bat.
In the fifth inning, Memphis added two more runs off of a bases loaded fielders choice by Tyler Shelton and a sacrifice fly by Thomas.
Then, in the sixth inning, Daniel Uggla stepped up to the plate and crushed his 18th home run of the season, which placed him in second place on the all-time single season list for Memphis behind Mark Little, who hit 21 in 1994.
Josh Padgett (2-0) came on to pitch three innings of relief, allowing only one hit and no runs. He faced the minimum of nine batters in those three innings. Layne Dawson pitched two innings of relief, walking three while striking out four. Joshua Cartwright closed out the ninth for the Tigers, picking up his second save of the season.
Memphis returns home to close out the season against Cincinnati in a crucial three-game C-USA series. The first game is Friday evening at 7 p.m.