Arkansas State Hands Memphis A 14-1 Loss
April 22, 2003
Memphis, Tenn. - Arkansas State pounded out 16 hits en route to a 14-1 victory over Memphis in baseball action Tuesday at Nat Buring Stadium. The Indians (19-20) took both games of a home-and-home series against the Tigers (12-28) for the first time since the 2000 season. Shortstop Matt Roglestad and catcher Chad Shipley each had three hits for the Indians and first baseman Dusty Sexton had a team-high five RBIs. Shipley went 3-for-3 with three RBIs.
ASU starter Jody Petty (4-3) went seven innings allowing just six hits and one earned run to pick up the victory while Memphis starter Bill Edwards (3-6) took the loss allowing six earned runs on four hits an 1.2 innings of work.
The Indians mounted a two-out rally in the first inning to takea 2-0 lead. Edwards retired the first two Indians in order, then surrendered a pair of hits and walked two batters as the visitors plated a pair of runs. Roglestad started the rally with a single to rightfield and scored on a RBI single by Sexton. Shipley, who walked following Roglestad's single, scored on a wild pitch by Edwards.
Arkansas State pushed its lead to 7-0 in the top of the second with the big blow coming on a two-out, three-run homer by Sexton. The Indians' first baseman was the first batter reliever Michael Novarese faced after relieving Edwards. Rightfielder Adam Roberson doubled down the leftfield line with one out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Roglestad. Shipley drove in the second run of the inning with a RBI single and put runners on first and second for Sexton who sent a full-count pitch from Novarese over the wall in center.
The Indians added two more in the fourth to extend their lead to 9-0. Shipley added a RBI single scoring Rogelstad. Shipley advanced to third on the play at the plate and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Sexton.
ASU answered with three more runs in the top of the fifth to take a 12-1 lead. The Indians took advantage of two fielding errors and put together three singles to increase their lead. Blake Denischuk drew a bases loaded walk off Novarese to drive in the first run and Roglestad and Shipley each had a RBI single. Memphis reliever Erik Filsinger finished the inning pitching out of a bases loaded jam without allowing a run.
The Tigers loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh on a trio of singles, but they were unable to push a run across against Petty, who got Chad House to fly out to center to end the threat. Centerfielder Kevin House extended his hitting streak to seven games and had his fourth-consecutive two-hit game.
The Indians tacked on single runs in the eighth and ninth innings on a RBI single by rightfielder Adam Roberson and a fielder's choice groundout by Corey Goetz. Memphis returns to action Wednesday when they travel to Ole Miss to face the Rebels with first pitch set for 7 p.m. at Swayze Field.