Memphis Snaps Five-Game Losing Streak With 5-2 Win Over Austin Peay
March 23, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - The University of Memphis baseball team snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over Austin Peay Tuesday at AutoZone Park. The Tigers (11-7-0) used a four-run third inning to secure the victory that ended a five-game winning streak by the Governors (11-6-0), who mustered just three hits off five Memphis hurlers.
Righthander Michael Novarese (1-0) picked up his first win of the season after holding the Governors hitless through the first four innings. First baseman Kyle Scott put the Tigers on the scoreboard after connecting on a two-out solo home run in the second.
In the third, four Tigers combined to hit for the cycle to extend the team's lead to 5-0. Michael Lewis led the inning off with a double and scored on a triple by Jordan Hart. Chad House, who singled in Hart, scored on a two-run homer by Payne. It was Payne's third home run of the season.
The Govs cracked the hit column for the first time in the sixth and put two runs on the board off Memphis reliever Nick Bradshaw. Shortstop Matthew Ledbetter doubled down the leftfield line and leftfielder Alfredo Burkeen knocked in Ledbetter and Jacob Schroeder, who was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning, with a single up the middle.
Senior Jarrett Grube pitched out of a bases loaded jam to get the final out in the eighth and tossed a scoreless ninth to record the first save of his career. APSU righthander Shawn Kelley took the loss after allowing five earned runs in three innings of work.
The Tigers return to action at AutoZone Park this weekend when they host No. 24 East Carolina in a three-game Conference USA series (Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat. 2 p.m.; and Sun., 1 p.m.).