Tiger Baseball Holds off Late Cincinnati Rally for 8-7 Win
May 15, 2005
MEMPHIS (12-39, 5-22 C-USA) 303 100 100 - 8 12 1 Cincinnati (24-27, 10-16 C-USA) 000 013 300 - 7 10 1
Chris Davis held Cincinnati to just four hits in five and two-thirds innings of work, and Drew Jaudon held off a strong Bearcat charge as the duo helped lead Memphis to an 8-7 win in the Conference USA series finale Sunday afternoon. The Tiger southpaw struck out a pair to pick up the win in his first career start.
Jaudon held UC scoreless in two and two-thirds innings of relief to record his second save of the year. Adam Amar led the 12-hit Tiger attack with three hits, three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Freshman K.K. Chalmers made up for a hitless outing in game two, with a 3-for-4 performance with three runs scored. Freshman Brent Moss also posted multiple hits.
The Tigers grabbed their first lead of the weekend in the first. Consecutive singles by Jordan Tolliver and Chalmers got the inning going. Chad House drew a walk to load the sacks. Memphis crossed its first run on a double play groundout by Amar. Bearcats rightfielder misplayed a line drive off the bat of Cory Barton to allow the U of M to score its second run of the contest. Barton was able to advance all the way to third on the fielding error and then scored on a wild pitch by UC starter Justin Minges to make it 3-0.
Memphis opened the contest up in with three more runs in the third frame. Chalmers and House both posted singles before scoring on a two-run double to the rightcenterfield gap by Amar. A run-scoring double down the leftfield line by Brent Moss scored Amar and gave Memphis a 6-0 lead.
The U of M went up 7-0 in the fourth on an RBI-single to left center, but UC answered with its first run of the game on an RBI-groundout by Brian Beltz to 7-1.
Cincinnati stormed back to cut the Tiger lead to 7-4 in the sixth. A leadoff walk by Mark Haske and single by Logan Parker and Jon DeLuca jammed the bases for Jim Olds, whose fielder's choice groundball scored the first run of the rally. A groundball out by Jack Nelson scored Parker, and DeLuca came around to score on a double off the leftfield wall by Erik Eitel.
Memphis battled to extend to advantage to four runs with a tally in the seventh. Amar led the inning off with a double down the leftfield line. John Peterson brought him in with an RBI-single to right.
However, the UC offense fought back to cut it to a one-run game at 8-7 with a three of runs in the bottom of the seventh. The Bearcats scored all three of their runs on RBI-doubles by Mark Muscenti, Parker and Olds.
The Tigers will return to the diamond on Tues, May 17 when they travel to Jonesboro, Ark. to take on the Arkansas State Indians. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. Listen to the live broadcast with the `Voice of Tiger Baseball', Jeff Brightwell on WUMR 91.7 FM.