Baseball Losses Six-Run Lead, Falls 9-7 to Charlotte
May 20, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Charlotte (30-23, 12-17 C-USA) 010 011 600 - 9 16 2 MEMPHIS (13-41, 5-24 C-USA) 241 000 000 - 7 8 2
Charlotte scored eight unanswered runs, including crossing six in the seventh inning to overcome a six-run deficit and become Conference USA's eighth 30-win team with a 9-7 win over Memphis, Friday afternoon at Nat Buring Stadium. With the loss, the Tigers drop their 10th straight league series. Charlotte closer Adam Walker recorded his school record 12th save of the year after a scoreless ninth.
The 49ers claimed a 9-7 lead in the seventh fueled by a six-hit attack in the frame. The inning saw Charlotte's O'Brien Taylor reach on a Tiger error before the Niners posted six straight hits, including consecutive doubles by Spencer Steedley, Mike Ambrose and Chris Taylor. Charlotte claimed the two-run cushion after Taylor scored on a double play groundball off the bat of Alex Bryant.
After a Charlotte tally cut the lead in half at 2-1, Memphis extended its advantage to 6-1 with a four-run second. Brent Moss, who finished with a team-high three hits, led off rally with a double down the leftfield line and Jordan Tolliver, K.K. Chalmers and House drew consecutive walks to bring him in and make it 3-1. Tolliver came in on a wild pitch by 49er starter Matt Landphair. The inning was highlighted by a throwing error from the Charlotte infield that allowed Chalmers and House to score.
Moss' sac fly to center would cap the Memphis scoring and it would be all Charlotte from then on as the Niners posted single runs in fifth and sixth innings to close the gap to 7-3 before the big six-run seventh.
Both the Tigers and 49ers will wrap up their seasons on Saturday when they take the field for a Noon start. Saturday is Senior Day for the Memphis as five Tiger seniors will be honored in their final games in front of the home crowd 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.