Memphis Stuns Baseball in Series Opener
May 9, 2003
HOUSTON - Kyle Scott's three-run homer in the sixth inning broke a tie and lifted Memphis to a 4-1 win over the University of Houston baseball team on Friday in the opener of a Conference USA series at Nat Buring Stadium in Memphis, Tenn.
After UH had tied the game in the top of the inning on Thanos Papavasiliou's RBI-single, Memphis' Bill Moss and Brent Dlugach drew back-to-back one-out walks and moved to third on an infield groundout before Scott's homer broke the game open.
Meanwhile, Memphis starter Jarrett Grube kept the Cougar offense in check and did not allow a hit until the sixth inning. Grube struck out six while allowing only one unearned run off two hits through the first seven innings. Reliever Bill Edwards collected his third save after holding UH hitless during the final two frames.
After striking out 12 batters in 7.1 innings, junior righthander Brad Sullivan became the Cougars' career strikeout leader with 395 strikeouts in less than three full seasons and recorded the 14th double-digit strikeout game of his career. However, the Nederland, Texas, native collected the loss to fall to 6-5 this season.
Papavasiliou and Cole Bruce were the only Cougars to rap out a hit in the game with Bruce slapping a double in the seventh inning. Only three Tiger starters recorded a hit in the game as well with Scott's three RBIs leading all players.
With the win, Memphis recorded only its third win in 20 games against the Cougars since 1997 and snapped a nine-game losing skid to UH.
The series continues at 2 p.m., Saturday before wrapping up at 1 p.m., Sunday. UH sophomore righthander Garrett Mock (4-3, 3.88) will take the hill for the Cougars with Memphis slated to throw southpaw Brandon Rowan (2-3, 3.20).
Fans can catch the action at KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com with pregame slated to begin about 15 minutes before the first pitch. Fans can also catch the action batter-by-batter by visiting www.UHcougars.com and clicking on the "Gametracker" link on the Daily Calendar at the bottom of the main page.
Kevin House quickly gave the Tigers an early lead with a leadoff home run in Memphis' first at-bat of the game. The scored remained that way until the sixth inning.
In the top of that frame, Hyung Cho was hit by a Grube offering and moved on the way to third base on a Tiger infield error. Papavasiliou then knotted the game at 1-1 by slapping an RBI single through the left side of the infield and seemed to give the Cougars some much-needed momentum before Scott's big blast.