Tiger Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Southeast Missouri State
March 1, 2003
Memphis, Tenn. - The University of Memphis baseball teamed earned a split of its doubleheader with Southeast Missouri State Saturday by defeating the Indians 6-1 in the nightcap after dropping game one 5-0.
The Tigers (2-2) were shutout by SEMO lefthander Tim Alvarez (2-0) in the opening game, but came up with big hits in game two as junior Kyle Scott and sophomore Chad House each hit home runs to lift Memphis to the split. Scott also made a pair of diving stops at first base to help secure the win for the Tigers.
Both teams went scoreless into the seventh inning of game one before SEMO (2-3) designated hitter Eric Hoffman led off the final inning with a solo home run off Memphis reliever Erik Filsinger (0-1). The Indians added four more insurance runs to put the game out of reach. The Tigers could manage only four singles off Alvarez who battled Tiger starter Bill Edwards in a pitcher's duel through the first four innings.
It was the second-straight start by Edwards where he held his opposition off the scoreboard. Edwards opened the season with three shutout innings vs. Air Force and allowed zero runs and only three hits to the Indians before Filsinger relieved him in the top of the fifth. Filsinger allowed four runs on three hits in 2.1 innings of work.
"Bill threw the ball well for us again in the first game," Memphis head coach Dave Anderson said. "We swung the bats well, but we were just hitting the ball right at them. Then we made some mistakes in the seventh inning and that cost us."
The story was flip-flopped in game two as the Tiger hitters made their at-bats count. After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the second, Scott drilled his first home run of the season over the left-center field wall to give Memphis a 2-1 lead. The blast scored Tiger rightfielder Josh Payne.
The Tigers would never relinquish the lead as they added four more runs in the fourth inning compliments of a three-run homer by leadoff hitter Chad House. It was Houses' first home run of the season and it came off SEMO reliever Donnie Fuller who replaced starter James Beever (1-1). Junior Michael Lewis drove in the first run of the inning with an RBI double.
"The difference in game two was we got the big hits," Anderson added. "We still left some guys on base, but our pitching came through and kept them in check. I'm real happy with the way we came back and won game two. Now we just have to come out tomorrow and win the series."
Freshman Stephen Gostkowski started on the mound for the Tigers and allowed one run on five hits in 3.2 innings. Gostkowski was relieved by redshirt sophomore Brandon Rowan who held SEMO to one hit in two innings of work while striking out three.
Rowan picked up the victory in game two as junior-college transfer Corey Kines pitched the final inning and a third to closeout the game.
Memphis and SEMO will play the rubber match of their series Sunday at 1 p.m. at Nat Buring Stadium. Junior Jarrett Grube is scheduled to start on the mound for the Tigers.