Baseball Unable to Post Third Straight Win in 11-5 Loss to Charlotte
May 19, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Charlotte (29-23, 11-17 C-USA) 120 220 040 - 11 14 1 MEMPHIS (13-40, 5-23 C-USA) 110 000 300 - 5 12 1
Four Tigers recorded multiple hits and Memphis posted 12 hits in the contest, but Charlotte put up four runs in the eighth to claim an 11-5 win in the series finale on Thursday evening. Niners closer Erik Walker tied the Charlotte record with his 11th save after shutting the Tigers down in two and one-third innings of relief.
The 49ers four-run eighth came after Memphis had cut the lead to 7-5 with a three-run seventh. Charlotte sent eight batters to the plate and got RBI-doubles from Alex Bryant and Cory Lane to take a commanding 10-5 lead. Adam Willard's single drove Lane in for the final 11-5 tally.
The Niners opened the scoring in the first on Willard's sacrifice fly that scored O'Brien Taylor. However, Memphis got a leadoff home run from Jordan Tolliver to tie the contest at 1-1. Tolliver's leadoff blast was the first for the Tigers since Jordan Hart lined a homer over the left centerfield wall in the U of M's first game at Nat Buring last year on Apr. 9 against UAB.
Charlotte took the lead for good with two runs in the second on a two-run blast by Chris Lane.
Memphis put up a run in the second to cut the lead to 3-2, but Charlotte scored two in both the fourth and fifth innings to go ahead 7-2.
The Tigers rallied for three runs in the seventh to close the gap to 7-5. Cory Barton ripped a bases loaded RBI single and Patrick Hope drew a bases loaded walk to make it 7-4. Memphis scored its final run of the game on an infield single off the bat of John Peterson.
Chad House led Memphis offensively, with a 3-for 5 night, while Tolliver, Barton and Hope finished with two hits each.
Memphis's starter Neil Schenk (1-8) took the loss after giving up seven runs in four and one-thirds innings. Derek McDaid picked up the win for Charlotte. The righthander fanned three and gave up just two runs in six innings.
The Tigers and 49ers will hit the field for a 2 p.m. contest on Friday at Nat Buring Stadium. Listen live to the tilt on 91.7 FM as the "Voice of Tiger Baseball" Jeff Brightwell calls the play-by-play action.