Tiger Baseball Pounds SEMO 14-6 To Win Three-Game Series
March 2, 2003
Memphis, Tenn. - A six-run first inning propelled the University of Memphis baseball team to a series win over Southeast Missouri State as the Tigers defeated the Indians 14-6 in the rubber game of a three-game set at Nat Buring Stadium Sunday. Junior Josh Payne led a 15-hit attack for the Tigers (3-2) as the rightfielder went 4-for-5 with three runs scored.
"We took advantage of their mistakes early," Memphis head coach Dave Anderson said. "We got good pitching out of the bullpen from Zach Cook and Corey Kines and our defense came up with some big plays to prevent them from having big innings. Overall, it was a good weekend for us and I'm happy that we came out today and got the victory to win the series."
Tiger leadoff hitter Chad House had a pair of singles and two RBI in a six-run first inning for the Tigers as they also took advantage of a pair of passed balls by SEMO catcher Tristen McDonald and three fielding errors by the Indians in the inning to jump out to an early lead. Indians starter Bill Clayton did not make it through the first inning as he gave up six runs, three of which were earned and four hits in two-thirds of an inning. The Indians finished with five fielding errors in the game while Memphis only committed one.
The Indians scored single runs in the first and second innings off of Memphis starter Jarrett Grube, but a pair of two-run homers by designated hitter Jordan Hart and centerfielder Kevin House in the bottom of the third put the game out of reach for the Indians at 10-2. Hart's home run was the first of the sophomore's career and Houses' home run was his team-leading third of the season. Grube allowed just three hits and one earned run in three innings of work.
Memphis built its lead to 12-4 in the fourth inning after junior Kyle Scott tripled to the rightcenter field gap scoring Payne from second. Scott later scored in the inning on a wild pitch by SEMO lefthander Stan Skakalski.
Tiger reliever Zach Cook (1-0) entered the game with two outs in the top of the fifth after SEMO shortstop Zach Borowiak hit a solo home run off of Daniel de Armas. Cook pitched an inning and third allowing no runs on one hit to pick up his first collegiate win. Clayton (0-1) took the loss for the Tribe.
The Tigers added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth on RBI singles by Scott and catcher Kurt Welch. That would be all the scoring for Memphis.
The Indians added one more run when second baseman Justin Christian hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning off reliever Drew Kimmelman. Junior Corey Kines relieved Kimmelman with one out and the bases loaded. The first batter Kines faced grounded into a double play to end a late threat by SEMO. Kines held the visitors off the scoreboard for the final two and two-thirds innings allowing just one hit.
Five Tigers finished the game with a pair of RBI while Kevin House added his second three-hit outing of the season. Scott, Welch and Chad House each had a pair of hits as well. Christian added three hits for the Indians.
Memphis returns to action Tuesday when the Tigers play Arkansas-Little Rock at Nat Buring Stadium. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.