Baseball Dealt 13-3 Setback by Middle Tennessee
May 11, 2004
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee pitchers Chase Swing and Eric Blevins combined to hold Memphis to just two hits, while rightfielder Marcus Taylor drove in five runs as the Blue Raiders raced past Memphis 13-3 Tuesday at Reese Smith Field. Taylor went 2-for-5 with a double and homer to lead a 16-hit effort by the Blue Raiders.
The Tigers fell to 22-24 with their season-high sixth consecutive loss. Middle Tennessee extended its winning streak to six games to improve to 33-17 on the year.
Memphis plated a run in the first after Chad House roped a leadoff triple to the left-centerfield gap and scored on a Bill Moss sacrifice fly to center. House extended his career-long hit streak to 10 games with his second triple of the season.
Blue Raider first baseman Derek Phillips matched the Memphis run with a solo blast to right in the home half of the first and Middle then took a 2-1 advantage when Jeff Beachum scored on Troy Harp's RBI single to right centerfield in the second.
Memphis took advantage of a two-out error to take 3-2 lead in the top of the third. Shortstop Brent Dlugach drew a walk and scored when MT third baseman Brett Carroll, Beachum and leftfielder Shane Kemp were unable to come up with a shallow flyball off the bat of Kurt Welch. Beachum was credited with the error as Welch advanced to second on the dropped ball. Ryan Martin then drove Welch in with a double off the left-centerfield wall.
Middle Tennessee broke the contest open with a four-run fourth highlighted by Taylor's two-run shot over the left centerfield wall. Phillips and Kemp each had RBI singles in the frame.
Phillips recorded his third RBI of the night when he drew a bases loaded walk to score Josh Archer and give MT a 7-3 cushion in the sixth. The Blue Raiders added six more runs in the eighth to put the contest a way.
Bill Moss' 13-game hit streak was snapped in an 0-for-3 effort. Archer went 3-for-4 for Middle while Phillips added two hits, three runs and three RBI.
Swing (2-1) struck out five to earn the win for the Blue Raiders. Swing allowed just a pair of hits, by House and Martin, and one unearned run in five innings of work. The start was Swing's first since May 23, 2002. Blevins picked up his first save of the season, holding the Tigers hitless and striking out five in four innings of relief.
Memphis starter Stephen Gostkowski (1-4) was tagged for six earned runs on eight hits in just 2.2 innings. Zach Cook had his longest outing of the season, 2.2 innings of scoreless relief before walking in a run. Cook fanned a season-high three MT hitters. Daniel de Armas and Andrew Christie also saw action out of the Memphis bullpen.
The Tigers look to salvage a split with Middle Tennessee on Wednesday when the two teams meet in the season series finale at Reese Smith Field. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.