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Cardinal Nine Drops Heartbreaker to Tigers

 
Zach Jackson retired 17 straight in U of L's 3-2 loss to Memphis.

Zach Jackson retired 17 straight in U of L's 3-2 loss to Memphis.

March 14, 2003

Box Score

MEMPHIS, TN - Memphis plated two runs in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Tigers to a 3-2 win over The University of Louisville baseball team Friday night in the Conference USA opener for both teams at AutoZone Park.

The Tigers (5-10, 1-0 C-USA) took a 1-0 lead on an RBI double by catcher Kurt Welch in the second.

Louisville starter Zach Jackson, who did not figure into the decision, then retired the next 17 in order, including perfect third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings for the Cardinals (10-5, 0-1 C-USA).

For the game, Jackson allowed two runs on four hits in 8.1 innings while striking out eight.

Cardinals tied the game at one in the fourth when Nick Haley's RBI single scored Morgan Bojorquez, but Ron Braun was thrown out at the plate attempting to score from second to end the inning.

Memphis starter Jarret Grube tossed six innings allowing a run on three hits and four walks while striking nine.

Braun then put the Cards up 2-1 when he singled home Josh Bolen, who had doubled.

Michael Lewis's one-out solo home run off Jackson tied the game in the ninth.

Cardinal closer Carlos Fernandez entered and loaded the bases on two singles and a walk with one out.

Welch then hit a slow chopper to shortstop J.T. LaFountain, made the out at second, but the Cards could not turn the double play, allowing the winning run to score.

Reliever Zach Cook (2-0) picked up the win, tossing 1.1 perfect innings of relief, fanning two.

Fernandez (2-1) took the loss for the Cardinals after allowing one run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning of work.

 

 

Louisville rightfielder Boomer Whiting had two hits to lead the Cardinal attack, as the Cards outhit the Tigers 7-6 in the game.

Memphis and Louisville resume their three-game series Saturday at AutoZone Park with first pitch set for 3:00 p.m.

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