Tiger Baseball Drops 13-10 Slugfest To Austin Peay
May 5, 2004
Clarksville, Tenn. - Austin Peay broke a 10-10 tie with a three-run eighth inning to earn a 13-10 come-from-behind win over the University of Memphis Wednesday in a 33-hit slugfest at Raymond C. Hand Park. The Governors improved to 29-15, while Memphis dropped to 22-20.
It took Memphis just one pitch to get on the board as leadoff hitter Chad House blasted his third homer of the season, sending APSU starter Adam Carrico's first offering over the leftfield wall. After Bill Moss reached on an error and stole second, he scored on catcher Kurt Welch's double to the leftfield. Memphis took a 3-0 advantage when Kyle Scott plated Welch with an RBI-single up the middle.
Austin Peay cut the lead to 3-2 on a two-run single by first baseman Chris Hyde in the home half of the first.
The Memphis offense came through with a five-hit, four-run fourth inning. Moss started the scoring with a RBI-double to left that plated House, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Welch then drove Moss in with a single to right centerfield. Consecutive singles by Martin and Scott loaded the sacks for Josh Payne, who brought Welch across with a sacrifice fly. Michael Lewis lined a single through the right side to score Martin to give Memphis a 7-2 cushion.
The Govs matched the Tigers with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Designated hitter Chris Poynter led the inning off with a single and came around to score on Chris Key's double to right centerfield. After Jacob Crass was hit by a pitch, Key scored from second when
Memphis starter Stephen Gostkowski made an errant throw to second in an effort to force Crass on a bunt by Nic Frederick. Ron Bethke scored on a wild pitch and Jared Walker had a sac fly to cut the deficit to 7-6.
Dlugach lifted his team-leading seventh home run to right in the top of the fifth and scored another run in the sixth on an RBI-groundball by Lewis to give the Tigers a 9-6 advantage.
APSU took a 10-9 lead with four runs in the seventh, three of which were unearned, on an RBI-single by Jake Peterson, a two-run double by Key and a single by Crass.
Memphis knotted the game at 10 on Lewis' double off the centerfield wall that scored Martin. The Tiger bats lit APSU pitching up for a season-high 18 hits on the evening, but left 13 runners stranded. Welch recorded his 18th multi-hit performance of the year with three hits. Moss, Martin and Scott also had three hits on the evening. Lewis equaled his season-high performance with three RBI.
U of M reliever Corey Kines (1-3) was saddled with the loss, while Gov reliever Rowdy Hardy (9-2) earned the win in an inning of work. Jeff Mault recorded his third save of the season. The save was also his school-record 13th career save.
The Tigers will continue their six-game road swing this weekend when they travel to Texas for a C-USA series against the Houston Cougars. First pitch for Friday's series opener at Cougar Field is set for 7 p.m.