Memphis Extends Winning Streak To Six Games With 6-2 Defeat Of Western Illinois
March 12, 2004
Millington, Tenn. - The University of Memphis baseball team ran its winning streak to six games with a 6-2 win over Western Illinois Friday at the Easton/USA Challenge at USA Stadium. It is the first six-game winning streak for the Tigers since Dave Anderson opened his tenure as head coach by winning the first six games of the 2001 season.
The Leathernecks grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Clint Buchen scored on a slow grounder to third that Kyle Scott could not field cleanly. Buchen had singled and moved to third on a double by Kyle Malan, who was left stranded at third.
Memphis put a couple of runs on the board in the first and second innings to claim a 4-1 lead. Welch hit a run-scoring single up the middle in the first and a sacrifice fly in the second to pick up a pair of RBIs. Sophomore Patrick Hope added an RBI double in the first to extend his hitting streak to six games.
After a shaky first inning, Grube settled down and retired 12 straight Leathernecks before allowing a single to Jim Sanew in the fifth. His single was the first of three straight off Grube as Sanew was able to score on a fielder's choice by Dane Ainsworth.
Scott then put Memphis up 6-2 with a two-run homer in the fifth after the frame was extended by the Leathernecks' third error of the game. Scott's first long ball of the season scored Adam Amar who reached safely on a miscue by first baseman Aaron Milliken.
Grube notched his eighth win in as many appearances dating back to last season as he struckout a season-high nine Leathernecks. Lefthander Brandon Rowan closed out the game with a pair of scoreless innings without allowing a hit.
Memphis returns to action Saturday with a split doubleheader in day three action of the Easton/USA Challenge. The Tigers will face Wake Forest at 3 p.m. and following that game they will face Missouri with first pitch tentatively slated for 6 p.m.