Schoenrock Gets First Win in 10-4 Decision Over Air Force
Feb. 25, 2005
MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Junior pitcher Stephen Gosktowski (1-0) struck out a career-high nine batters, while Ryan Martin went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI to lead Memphis (1-0) to a 10-4 win over Air Force in the 17th Annual Service Academies Spring Classic. The win was first-year head coach Daron Schoenrock's first at the helm of the Tiger baseball program, and the fifth consecutive season-opening win for Memphis.
"I'm excited for the guys to get their first win," Schoenrock said. "They worked hard for this. I thought Martin, House and Hart all played well offensively for us and that's what we needed--for our seniors to play big."
It did not take the Tigers long to crack the scoring column as they jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Senior leftfielder Chad House reached on an infield error and, following a wild pitch, scored on a single by Jordan Tolliver. Martin doubled to the left centerfield gap to give Memphis a 2-0 lead and then scored on a Jordan Hart RBI.
Gostkowski held the Falcons (3-6) hitless until Karl Bolt closed the Memphis lead to 3-1 with a solo homer to leftfield in the fourth frame.
From then on it was all Memphis. The Tigers plated a pair of runs in the fifth on RBI's from Hart and juco transfer Robbie Goss, to expand the lead to 5-1.
A run in the sixth and two more in the seventh seemingly put the game out of reach, but Air Force battled to keep things close with three unearned runs in the home half of the eighth.
The Tigers put the contest out of reach for good, 10-4, in its final offensive opportunity of the night behind Cory Barton's two-run home run over the leftfield wall.
Memphis out hit Air Force 13-6 in the contest, thanks to strong outings from Gostkowski and junior reliever Ryan Fly. Gostkowski allowed just two hits in six innings of work to pick up the win. Fly earned the save in the longest outing of his career. He fanned a career-best five batters, and did not give up an earned run in three innings of relief.
"Stephen (Gostkowski) came out and set the tone early by throwing strikes," said Schoenrock, who becomes the ninth straight Memphis coach to win his coaching debut. "When we took the three-run lead he refused to give Air Force a chance to get back into the game."
Travis Fulger (1-2) was saddled with the loss for the Falcons after giving up five unearned runs in four and two-thirds innings.
Memphis will face Indiana, who defeated Indiana State 5-4, tomorrow. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WUMR 91.7 FM. The game will also be broadcast on www.yahoo.com