Sunday, May 27, 2012

Tiger Baseball Falls in C-USA Championship

Posted By on Sun, May 27, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Ryan Nance and Michael Busby combined for a shutout this afternoon in the C-USA championship game to earn UAB its first NCAA tournament berth in 21 years. A two-run home run by freshman Jeff Schalk was the big blow in the Blazers' 5-0 victory.

Tiger starter Chase Joiner kept UAB off the scoreboard for six innings. But in the seventh, his errant throw on a pickoff attempt at third base allowed Ryan Ussery to score the game's first run. Schalk followed shortly with a drive that cleared the rightfield wall.

Memphis loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning, but with the tying run at first, both Ethan Gross and C-USA Player of the Year Jacob Wilson struck out.

The 7th-seeded Blazers and 5th-seeded Tigers were each playing in the C-USA championship for the first time. Memphis ends its season with a record of 31-28.

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