Baseball Drops Record 38th Game, 7-5 in Series Opener at Cincinnati
May 13, 2005
CINCINNATI, Ohio -
MEMPHIS (11-38, 4-21 C-USA) 000 100 040 - 5 7 0 Cincinnati (23-26, 9-15 C-USA) 014 000 20X - 7 13 0
Cincinnati's Logan Parker belted home runs in consecutive at-bats and the Bearcats were able to withstand a late Tiger rally to take a 7-5 win over Memphis in the opening game of this weekend's series. Memphis sets a new single-season record for losses with its 38th setback of the year. The previous record was set in 2000 when the Tigers finished the season with 15 wins against 37 losses.
The Bearcats surged ahead early in the contest, on the strength of Parker's two homers. Parker put UC on top 1-0 with his first round-tripper, a solo blast to right centerfield in the second. He then belted a three-run home run that hit Fifth Third Arena behind the rightfield wall. Parker's second home run in as many at-bats gave Cincinnati a 5-0 advantage in a four-run third inning.
Jordan Tolliver opened the fourth inning with a solo blast over the leftfield wall to put Memphis on the board.
Memphis dodged a bullet in the Bearcat fourth as a pair of singles and walk loaded the bases with one out. However, Tiger starter Stephen Gostkowski was able to work out of the jam, striking out LaFringe Hayes before inducing and inning-ending groundball by Mark Muscenti.
A two-out rally by the Bearcats made it 7-1 after seven innings of play. A blooped single to center by Jim Olds scored Muscenti and Jack Nelson followed with an RBI-double down the rightfield line.
Memphis fought back to cut the Cincinnati lead to 7-5 in the seventh. Brent Moss, Chris Newsom and Chad House each drew walks to load the bases for Adam Amar. Amar took advantage of the situation and drove a 2-0 offering, from Tony Maynard, over the wall in right centerfield for a grand slam. The grand slam was the first of Amar's career and the second of the year for the Tigers.
UC starter Tony Maynard earned his seventh win of the year with a strong seven and two-thirds innings before Amar's grand slam ran him out of the ballgame. Josh Kay came in and shut Memphis down in the final one and one-thirds innings of the game to record his eighth save of the year.
Gostkowski took the loss on the mound after giving up seven runs on 13 hits in six and two-thirds innings of action.
Memphis and Cincinnati will play game two of the series on Saturday, with the first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. Listen to the live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell on WUMR 91.7 FM.