Cincinnati Thumps Tiger Baseball 10-2 to Claim Series
May 14, 2005
CINCINNATI, Ohio -
MEMPHIS (11-39, 4-22 C-USA) 001 000 001 - 2 6 2 Cincinnati (24-26, 10-15 C-USA) 114 040 00X - 10 16 0
Cincinnati starter Sean Munninghoff fanned a career-high 12 Tigers and allowed just one run on three hits, while Logan Parker was a perfect 5-for-5 and LaFringe Hayes was 4-for-5 to lead the Bearcats to a 10-2 win over Memphis to win the series. Memphis has now lost nine straight Conference USA contests.
Munninghoff (4-4) earned the win in the contest after giving Cincinnati seven innings of work. The righthander held Memphis hitless through the first three and two-thirds innings of play.
For the second consecutive game, Cincinnati took hold of the lead early on the bat of Logan Parker, who's first-inning single to right centerfield brought Mark Haske all the way around from first. Jack Nelson launched a towering blast over the foul pole to give the Bearcats a 2-0 lead in the second.
A pair of wild pitches by Munninghoff helped Memphis cut the lead in half at 2-1 in the third stanza. Brent Moss led of the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a wild offering by Munninghoff. He moved to third on Munninghoff's second wild pitch of the inning. Jordan Tolliver produced Memphis' first tally on a sacrifice fly to center to plate Moss.
However, UC responded with a four-run third to take a commanding 5-1 lead. Haske got the rally started with a double to the corner in rightfield and Parker drove him in with a double off the top of the right centerfield wall. A two-run single by Erik Eitel and an RBI-hit by Hayes capped the four-run frame.
Eitel reached on a bunt single. Kevin Schrader's single to center fell just out of the reach of leftfielder Moss, and Hayes reached on a bunt to load the bases in the home half of the fifth. Haske then dealt the big blow when he belted a grand slam to right center to give the Cats a 10-1 cushion.
Tiger freshman Neil Schenk was touched for his seventh loss of the season. The southpaw allowed six runs on seven hits and walked four in two and two-thirds innings.
Memphis and Cincinnati will play the series finale on Sunday, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Listen to the live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell on WUMR 91.7 FM.