Tiger Baseball Finishes Off Sweep Of Saint Louis With 3-2 Victory
May 3, 2003
Memphis, Tenn. -- Memphis designated hitter Ryan Martin went 5-for-8 in Saturday's doubleheader sweep of Saint Louis as the Tigers took game two from the Billikens 3-2 at Nat Buring Stadium. Martin had a pair of RBI singles in game two as Memphis (17-30, 8-15 C-USA) finished off its first C-USA sweep of the season. Martin went 2-for-4 with a home run and a single in the Tigers' 4-2 victory in game one of the doubleheader and two of the series. The Tigers won Friday night's game 4-2.
Centerfielder Kevin House went 2-for-4 in all three games of the series to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. True freshman Stephen Gostkowski (3-4) allowed just one earned run in seven innings of work to pick up the victory. Sophomore Michael Novarese pitched the final two innings without allowing a run to notch his second save of the season.
"Martin came up with a pair of big hits for us and our pitching was outstanding the entire weekend," Memphis head coach Dave Anderson said. "We got great effort from each of our starters and our bullpen did a nice job of closing out all three games."
The Tigers scored first plating a run in the first inning on a RBI single by Martin. Kevin House led off the bottom of the first with a single to extend his hitting streak and scored the run for the Tigers.
Junior Josh Payne hit a two-out solo home run in the second to give Memphis a 2-0 lead. Payne's home run was his team-leading seventh of the season.
The Billikens (16-26, 4-20 C-USA) cracked the scoreboard in the top of the fourth after Ryan Murphy reached on a Tigers' fielding error, stole second, then scored on a two-run homer by third baseman Don Rogers. Rogers' home run was his eighth of the season. Those would be the only runs scored offGostkowski.
Memphis regained its lead in the fifth taking a 3-2 advantage on a two-out RBI single by Martin. Shortstop Brent Dlugach scored the run after doubling down the leftfield line.
Novarese replaced Gostkowski to start the eighth. SLU promptly loaded the bases off Novarese on a pair of walks and a hit batter, but the righthander was able to hold the lead as he got Derek Muncy to groundout to end the inning.
SLU catcher Eric Mueller led off the ninth with a double to left-center, but he was retired at third when Novarese fielded a grounder and threw to Bill Moss who applied the tag on Mueller. Novarese struckout Kyle Wort for the second out of the ninth and got Johnny Sweeney to groundout.
Billken starter Corey Lawson (2-8) picked up the loss for SLU allowing three runs on nine hits in eight innings of work.
Memphis will have its first week off of the season as the Tigers have final exams for the spring semester this week. The Tigers will return to action next Friday for game one of a three-game C-USA series with Houston. Game times for the weekend contests are 7 p.m., Friday; 2 p.m., Saturday; and 1 p.m., Sunday.