MEMPHIS, Tenn.–Tigers starter Scott McGregor had a career-high eight strikeouts and did not allow an earned run in a complete-game effort, and Memphis first baseman Adam Amar went 4-for-5 with seven RBI as the Tulane University baseball team dropped an 11-4 decision in the Conference USA opener for both teams Friday evening at Nat Buring Stadium.
Amar blasted a solo shot in the fourth, a three-run homer in a five-run sixth and a two-run round tripper in the seventh. McGregor,
meanwhile, allowed just two hits over the first seven innings, both of which were erased by double plays in the ensuing at-bat, and five of the Green Wave's seven hits came in the final two innings.
Tulane starter Sean Morgan (4-2) struck out seven in five-plus innings, but was tagged with the loss after giving up six runs (four earned) on five hits while issuing two walks. With the loss, Tulane falls to 15-9 on the year. Memphis, meanwhile, improves to 12-8 in 2006.
McGregor was one strike away from a shutout, but with runners on the corners and two away, shortstop Michael Murray misplayed a routine
grounder that allowed senior centerfielder Nathan Southard to score from third. Murray committed two more errors in the stanza, and Tulane got RBI singles by redshirt-freshman right fielder Warren McFadden and rookie catcher Max Kwan to cut the Tiger lead to 11-4, but the Wave czme no closer as the early Memphis lead proved too big to overcome.
The Tigers drew first blood in the bottom of the first as left fielder Will Peterson reached on a leadoff single and went all the way to third
on an errant pickoff throw during the next at-bat. The miscue hurt the Green Wave as Murray followed with a soft grounder to short that would have been an easy double-play opportunity, but because of the error, Peterson scored from third to give Memphis the early 1-0 lead.
The Green Wave dodged a couple of bullets in the fourth as two drives had home-run distance but were ruled foul balls and Morgan bounced back
both times to post strikeouts. With two away, though, Amar blasted a no-doubter to dead center to give Memphis a 2-0 advantage.
The Tigers stranded a runner at third base in the fifth, but a leadoff error followed by a single had runners on the corners to start the
sixth. A balk by Morgan gave Memphis a three-run lead, and following a strikeout-wild pitch to put runners at first and third, Amar blasted
his second homer of the day to make it a 6-0 ballgame.
Amar's second home run chased Morgan from the ballgame, but Memphis tagged Tulane reliever Blake Walker for another run later in the frame as the Tigers loaded the bases on a pair of hits and a walk before Peterson lifted a sacrifice fly to left.
Amar ripped his third homer of the day in the seventh, and after an RBI-single by third baseman Kyle Norrid one inning later, Amar closed out Memphis' scoring with an RBI single up the middle.
Tulane and Memphis continue the series on Saturday at 2 p.m. before closing out the weekend on Sunday with first pitch slated for
Following the Memphis trip, the Green Wave's next home game is slated for Tuesday, March 28, when they play host to Jackson State at 6:30
p.m. For ticket information, contact the Tulane Ticket Office at 504-861-WAVE. The Ticket Office is currently located in the lobby of Fogelman Arena, and is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to
5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
Green Wave Falls To Memphis Friday 11-4
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