Tiger Baseball Wraps Up Non-conference Schedule With 7-4 Win Over UT-Martin
May 13, 2003
MARTIN, Tenn.-- - Jordan Hart went 4-for-4 with a home run, three infield singles, a pair of runs scored and two stolen bases to lead the Memphis baseball squad to a 7-4 win over UT-Martin in the Tigers' non-conference finale, Tuesday afternoon at Skyhawk Field. With the win Memphis improves to 20-31. The 20 wins equals the Tigers total number of wins in the 2002 season.
Memphis struck first with a three-run, two-out rally in the top of the fifth inning. Hart started the rally with his second infield single of the game and then stole second. Chad House then laced a single to left to give Memphis a 1-0 advantage. Michael Lewis followed with his sixth homer of the season, an opposite-field blast to right to put the Tigers ahead, 3-0.
Martin responded quickly in the home half of the fifth, as the Skyhawks cut the Memphis lead to 3-1 when Hunter Hart scored from second on a two-out single to left by shortstop Bryant Jones.
Hart led off the seventh inning with a solo home run to left centerfield to give Memphis a 4-1 cushion. Brent Dlugach, who was 3-for-5 on the day, ripped a single to left to score Lewis, who walked and advanced to second on a Bill Moss singled through the left side. Memphis threatened but put the game away but UT-Martin reliever Jarrod Robinson induced a bases loaded double play off the bat of first baseman Kyle Scott to get out of the inning.
The Skyhawks plated a run in the seventh after Hunter Hart drew a walk to start the inning and Kayo Anderson followed with a single to center. Brady Nighswonger also drew a free pass to load the bases for Jones, who blooped a single just out of the reach of Dlugach to score Hart and cut the Memphis lead to 5-2.
Josh Payne doubled to the leftfield corner to start the eighth inning and moved to third on a long flyball to right by freshman catcher Kelly Edmundson. After Hart reached base on a fielder's choice, House recorded his second RBI of the day with a sacrifice fly to center to drive Payne in and extend the Tiger lead to 6-2.
In the bottom of the eighth, Luke Parham followed a Loren Turner single off the rightfield wall with a two-run homer to left to make the score 6-4.
With Moss and Martin on first and second after drawing a walk and an intentional walk respectively, Scott drilled a single down the third base line to bring Moss in for a 7-4 lead.
Reliever Daniel Adams (1-0) picked up his first win of the season, pitching 1.1 innings in relief of starter Michael Novarese. Adams allowed one run on two hits and struck out two in his seventh appearance on the year. Josh Payne earned his first save of the season, retiring the Skyhawks in order in the ninth. Starter Dustin Summers (2-4) suffered the loss for UT-Martin, giving up three runs, all earned, and eight hits in 5.0 innings of work.
Memphis will now travel to Tampa, Fla. for the final conference series of the season against South Florida. The Tigers will play the series-opener on Thurs., May 15, at 7 p.m. A series sweep would guarantee the Tigers an appearance in next week's Conference USA tournament, which is set for May 20-25. However, Memphis must win two of the three series contests with USF to remain in tournament contention.
The Memphis-South Florida series can be heard locally on 91.7 FM with Bob McCarter handling the play-by-play duties.