Tiger Baseball Takes 5-2 Decision From Navy In Opening Round Of Service Academies Spring Classic
Feb. 27, 2004
Millington, Tenn. - The University of Memphis baseball team defeated Navy 5-2 Friday in first round action of the 16th-annual Service Academies Spring Classic at USA Stadium to improve to 2-1 on the season. Senior Jarrett Grube allowed just an unearned run and struckout seven in seven innings of work to win his sixth-straight start dating back to last season and improve to 2-0 this season. Navy fell to 1-7 with the loss.
"Overall, it was a good win for us," Head Coach Dave Anderson said. "We were a couple of hits away from really breaking it open, but these are the types of games we are going to play all season."
Centerfielder Josh Payne broke out of a 0-for-7 slump to open the season to lead four Tigers who each had a double to go with two hits. Payne added a pair of RBI's as Memphis pounded out 10 hits off of four Navy pitchers.
The Tigers grabbed a 2-0 lead scoring a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning after a throwing error by Navy third baseman Chris Ashinhurst prolonged the frame. Designated hitter Ryan Martin drew a bases loaded walk to score Bill Moss and an infield single by Payne scored Kurt Welch, who lined a single to leftfield to reach base.
Grube retired the first eight Midshipmen batters before allowing an infield single to Matthew Gonabe. Navy pulled within a run after Gonabe moved to third on an error and scored an unearned run on a passed ball.
The Midshipmen threatened in their half of the fifth advancing a man to third with one out, but Grube was able to pitch out of the jam.
Memphis extended its lead to 4-1 with two runs in the sixth. Freshman Adam Amar picked up his first-career hit and RBI with a single to rightfield scoring Payne, who hit a one-out double. Amar then scored on a sacrifice fly by Chad House.
Grube allowed a double in the seventh, but was able to strike out the other three Navy batters in his final inning of work to finish with seven for the game. Grube allowed just four hits in the contest.
The Tigers added another run in the seventh when Welch scored on a sacrifice fly by Payne. The Mids got that run back in their half of the eight on a RBI-groundout by designated hitter Rick Amos. Rob Molinaro allowed just two unearned runs and three hits in five innings, but took the loss falling to 0-2 on the season.
Amar, Welch, who scored two runs, and rightfielder Jordan Hart were the other three Tigers with a pair of hits. Senior Cory Kines pitched two scoreless innings of relief for Memphis.
Memphis returns to action at the classic Saturday against Murray State in a game scheduled to start at 4 p.m.