Baseball Earns Season Series Sweep of Murray State
March 7, 2004
MURRAY, Ky. -- - Freshman Adam Amar gave Memphis the go-ahead run and capped a five-run fifth inning with a two-run shot to right center field in Game One and four Tiger pitchers combined to give up just two runs on four hits in Game Two as Memphis improved to 6-2 with a sweep of Murray State (1-8) Sunday afternoon at Reagan Field. The Tigers defeated the Thoroughbreds 8-5 in the first game before handing them a 7-2 loss in the nightcap.
After Kurt Welch plated Chad House to give Memphis a 1-0 lead in the first, Murray responded by chasing U of M starter Derek Hankins, in just two-thirds of an inning, with five hits and five earned runs in the home half of the frame. f
Memphis rallied in the fifth led by a Chad House single. Jordan Hart was then hit by a pitch before Josh Payne drove both of them in with a double to the right centerfield gap. The Tigers cut the lead to 5-4 when Welch doubled to left center to score Payne. Amar then gave Memphis a 6-5 lead by blasting his second round-tripper in as many games.
Memphis added runs in the sixth and seventh innings for the 8-5 final.
Payne led a group of five Tigers with two hits. He collected three RBI's and teamed up with Welch as both connected for a pair of doubles. Welch and Amar both finished with two RBI.
Memphis grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first frame of the second game and never looked back.
Payne's three-run homer to right in the seventh highlighted and capped Memphis' scoring, giving the U of M a 7-1 lead.
Memphis starter Stephen Gostkowski gave up one unearned run on just two hits and fanned six in five innings of work. Seniors Zach Cook struck out a pair and Corey Kines retired the only batter he faced in the sixth frame. Senior Matt Fry closed the contest out, giving up a run on two hits as the Tigers claimed the 7-2 victory.
Memphis drew a season-high 12 walks in the contest and six Tigers had one hit each in the nightcap.
Memphis returns to action on Tues., Mar. 11, when they travel to Martin, Tenn. for a matchup with UT-Martin. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.