Saint Louis Sweeps Tiger Baseball, 3-2 and 7-3
April 30, 2005
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Saint Louis took advantage of four Tiger errors to claim a 3-2 win in game one's pitcher's duel, then scores five unanswered runs in the nightcap to complete the sweep of Memphis, 7-3, Saturday in Conference USA action.
Game one saw the Billikins break a scoreless tie in the fourth. Mark Hankes drew a walk to lead off the frame and a throwing error by the Tigers allowed Bill Musselman to reach while Hankes moved to third. Neil Gaser then grounded into a double play, but Hankes was able to score on the play to put SLU on top 1-0.
The Billikens would never trail as they took a 2-0 lead in the seventh after Graser singled to start the inning. Guyre moved him to second on a bunt single. But Tiger third baseman Robbie Goss' throw to Hope, who was covering first, sailed high allowing Graser to take third. Jon Guyre then lifted a sac fly to center to score Graser.
Memphis answered with a run in the bottom of the seventh when Goss, who had ripped a double down the leftfield line, scored on a fielding error by the Billiken infield. However, Saint Louis got an RBI-single from Hankes to extend its lead back to two-runs at 3-1 in the eighth.
Memphis rallied in the ninth as Pat Hope and Collin Bastien each singled. Jordan Tolliver drove Hope in on a double to center to make it a one-run game. With runners on second and third, SLU elected to intentionally walk Tiger DH Ryan Martin to load the bases. Closer B.J. Rodrigue was able to record the final out and pick up his fourth save of the year.
Mark Zielinski was the winner after hurling six and one-third innings. He held Memphis scoreless through six innings. Freshman lefty Neil Schenk was the hard-luck loser for Memphis. The southpaw threw a complete game and allowed just one earned run while fanning three.
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SLU jumped out to an early lead in the second on a Scott Peden home run over the right field wall. They tacked on another score on an RBI-single off the bat of Guyre.
Memphis bounced back and scored the next three runs to take a 3-2 lead through five innings. A two-run triple to the corner in rightfield by K.K. Chalmers tied the contest and a fifth-inning single up the middle by Martin drove in the go-ahead run.
That would be all Memphis could produce as SLU scored the next five runs to claim a commanding 7-3 win.
Stephen Gostkowski took the loss after scattering nine hits in five innings. He gave up four runs, three of which were earned. Ryan Bird picked up the win after tossing eight innings and giving up three runs while striking out eight.
Memphis will look to salvage a game in this three-game C-USA on Sunday. The Tigers will honor former head coach Bobby Kilpatrick in a pre-game ceremony at Nat Buring as they wrap up Alumni Weekend.