Tiger Baseball Hammers UT-Martin 9-2 In Home Finale
May 18, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - Catcher Kurt Welch homered and posted a career-high five RBI as the University of Memphis baseball team claimed a 9-2 victory over UT-Martin Tuesday at Nat Buring Stadium in the Tigers' final home game of the season. The Tigers (26-25) extended their winning streak to four games overall and seven in the series with the Skyhawks (15-36).
Third baseman Bill Moss and centerfielder Chad House each had three hits and a RBI for the Tigers as they pounded out 16 hits off three different Skyhawk hurlers. Moss was just a home run shy of the cycle as he singled, doubled and tripled in the contest. Senior Josh Payne doubled and homered in his final home game for the Tigers.
Five Tiger pitchers combined to hold the Skyhawks to just five hits as senior Matt Fry (1-0) notched the first win of his career. Fry went three innings allowing two runs on two hits. Stephen Gostkowski, Zach Cook, Andrew Christie and Daniel de Armas combined to hold UT-Martin scoreless in six innings of relief. Cook struck out a season-high three batters in two innings.
The Memphis offense jumped on Skyhawk starter Adam Ledlow in the first plating three runs on four hits. Welch provided the big blow sending a three-run homer over the leftfield wall. It was the senior's career high fourth home run of the season. Ledlow took the loss to fall to 0-3.
UTM catcher Brett Spivy took his turn with the long ball leading off the second with a solo home run to cut the Memphis lead to 3-1. A wild pitch by Memphis starter Matt Fry forced in another run to put the Skyhawks within a run.
Ledlow allowed a leadoff double to Payne in the second and he was quickly replaced by Mickey Dobson. Dobson did not fair much better as Payne came around to score on House's second single of the game. Moss followed with his second hit of the game scoring House, who had stolen third. Welch then drove in his fourth run of the game with a sacrifice fly to make it a 6-2 contest.
Payne blasted a solo home run to deep left off UTM reliever Casey Estill in the third inning to extend the Memphis lead to five runs. Moss tripled to lead off the sixth and scored on Welch's fifth RBI of the game as he singled sharply through the left side.
The Tigers take on Saint Louis this weekend in their Conference USA regular season series. First pitch of game one is slated for Thursday at 7 p.m.