Baseball Races Past Murray State, 7-1
March 6, 2004
MURRAY, Ky.-- - Senior pitcher Jarrett Grube hurled six scoreless innings and struck out six while the Tigers offense got a three-run blast in the fourth inning from Michael Lewis to defeat Murray State 7-1 for the second straight time this season.
Murray (1-6) scored its lone run in the first inning after leadoff hitter Clint Griggs reached on an infield hit and advanced to third on a two-base error by starting pitcher Josh Payne. Griggs would score on a Ryan Kirksey's fielder's choice ground ball to third base.
The Tigers evened the slate at 1-1 in the top half of the second when Adam Amar blasted his first collegiate home run, a solo blast to right.
Junior Brent Dlugach drew a one-out walk and Amar was hit by a pitch, before Lewis gave the Tigers a commanding 4-1 advantage with a long ball over the leftfield wall.
Memphis (4-2) added a run in the fifth after Payne led the frame off with a single and moved to third on a single to left by Kurt Welch. Brent Dlugach's sacrifice fly to rightfield plated Payne for a 5-1 lead.
The Tigers capped the scoring, at 7-1, with a two-run seventh inning on RBI's from Amar and Chad House.
Welch led Memphis' 12-hit attack with a 3-for-5 effort, while House, Jordan Hart, Payne and Amar each added a pair of hits.
"We swung the bats better today, but the key was the three-run home run by Michael Lewis' that put us up 4-1." said head coach Dave Anderson.
Grube (3-0) earned his third win of the season and his seventh in as many decisions in relief of Payne, who fanned the side in one inning of work. The senior pitcher did not give up a run and allowed just one hit in his six innings of relief. He retired 18 of the 19 batters he faced, including 16 in a row from the second to seventh innings. Grube has now allowed just three earned runs in his last 46.2 innings pitched.
Senior Nick Bradshaw was perfect in his two innings on the mound, striking out a pair of Murray State hitters. Bradshaw has now retired all 12 batters he has faced in the 2004 season. He and Grube combined to hold the Thoroughbreds offense hitless for the last seven innings of the contest.
"This was another game where our pitching dominated," Anderson said. "Grube did another outstanding job for us."
Memphis will play a double-dip on Sun., Mar. 7, with the first game slated for a 12 p.m. start.