Tiger Baseball Takes Game One of Saint Louis Series 4-2
May 2, 2003
Memphis, Tenn. - Both Houses on the University of Memphis baseball team supplied much-needed offense Friday night at Nat Buring Stadium as the Tigers defeated Saint Louis 4-2 in Conference-USA baseball action. Chad House hit a solo home run in the third which gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead whle Kevin House's RBI triple in the fourth pushed the Memphis lead to 3-1 and extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Both houses went 2-for-4 as the Tigers (15-30, 6-15 C-USA) and the Billikens (16-25, 4-18 C-USA) each had eight hits in the contest.
The Billikens had runners in scoring position each of the first three innings, but Memphis starter Jarrett Grube was able to pitch out of the jams without allowing a run. "Our pitching was the key to the win tonight," Memphis head coach Dave Anderson said. "Grube pitched well and got out of some jams and (Corey) Kines came in and did a nice job of closing it out."
Memphis scored the game's first run in the bottom of the second off SLU starter Eric Rohr to take a 1-0 lead. First baseman Kyle Scott led off the frame with a single to right and scored from second on a RBI-single by Kyle Sledd.
Sophomore Chad House led off the bottom of the third with a solo home run to left field. House's fourth home run of the season pushed the Tigers' lead to 2-0.
SLU did plate a run in the fourth to cut the Memphis lead in half at 2-1. The Billikens tallied consecutive one-out singles to put runners on first and second. A fielder's choice by Steve Moss then moved catcher Andrew Slania to third and he scored the Billikens' run on a wild pitch by Grube.
The Tigers staged a two-out rally to put a pair of runs on the board in the fourth as they built a 4-1 advantage. After Josh Payne was hit by a pitch, Kevin House hit a RBI triple to right field. Corey Lawson made a diving attempt at the sinking line drive, but came up empty allowing the speedy junior to race around to third. When Lawson's throw was not cut off properly, it allowed House to score on the play. House's triple was his team-leading fourth of the season.
Grube was relieved in the sixth by junior Corey Kines after pitching 5.2 innings. The JUCO-transfer allowed one run on seven hits while striking out four to pick up his second-consecutive league win. SLU third baseman Don Rogers had a pair of doubles in the contest, but both went wasted as he was left stranded both the third and fifth innings.
Following a double by Kevin House and a groundout by Chad House in the seventh, Rohr was relieved by Joe Buehler after he allowed four earned runs on eight hits. Rohr's loss was the first of the season as he dropped to 2-1. Buehler did not allow a run in 1.2 innings of work.
The Billikens plated a run in the ninth to make it a 4-2 contest off of Kines after Sweeny tripled to lead off the frame and scored on a groundout by shortstop Aaron Thompson. Kines then closed out the contest by forcing Ryan Murphy into a groundout. Kines allowed just one hit and the one run in 3.1 innings of relief work to pick up his first-career save.
Game two of the series between SLU and Memphis will be Saturday at Nat Buring Stadium with first pitch set for 2 p.m.