March 28, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - With the scored tied at three, center fielder Sam Clark was able to score from second base on an error by first baseman Kyle Scott to give UAB (19-6, 4-2 Conference USA) a 4-3 11-inning victory over Memphis (7-16, 1-6 C-USA) in Conference USA baseball action at Young Memorial Field.
UAB took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a home run to center field by right fielder Kyle Leon that cleared the 30-foot batter's eye wall.
The Blazers added a run in the bottom of the second inning when catcher Eugene Rodriguez scored on a passed ball by Memphis catcher Kurt Welch.
Memphis answered with three runs in the top of the third inning. Designated hitter Chad House singled to left center field, scoring second baseman Bill Moss for the first run of the inning. Welch later doubled to left field, bringing in House and right fielder Josh Payne.
UAB tied the score at three in the bottom of the third inning when third baseman Drew Connell singled to center field, scoring Leon.
The game went scoreless for seven and one-half innings, but in the bottom of the 11th left fielder Mitch Jones reached first on an infield single and Scott was unable to field a throw by shortstop Brent Dlugach, allowing Clark to score the game winner.
Jeff Brown (3-1) picked up the win for UAB after coming on in relief of Blazer starter Lucas Trotter. Brown worked four innings and surrendered only one hit, while allowing no runs, three walks and three strikeouts. Trotter went seven innings and gave up three runs on five hits. He had two walks and 11 strikeouts.
"I thought Lucas (Trotter) threw well, but I think he would be the first to tell you that he wasn't really sharp," said UAB head coach Larry Giangrosso
. "They hit everything he threw in the third inning. Jeff Brown
then comes on and really throws well. Offensively, we just hit too many fly balls. There center fielder did a nice job of running some balls down for them. When we put the ball in play on the ground things happened for us. It was an odd game, but one that we are glad to win."
Daniel de Armas ((2-1) took the loss for Memphis after coming on in relief of Tiger starter Jarrett Grube. De Armas worked three innings and gave up one run, which was unearned, on four hits. Grube pitched seven innings and gave up three runs, two of which were earned, on eight hits.
UAB and Memphis will meet in the second game of the three-game series Saturday at 2 p.m.