Tiger Baseball Outlasts Saint Louis, 6-4
May 20, 2004
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Jarrett Grube became just the third pitcher in Memphis history to record 100 strikeouts in a single season as he fanned nine Saint Louis batters in seven innings of shutout baseball to lead Memphis (27-25, 14-13 C-USA) to a 6-4 win at Billiken Sports Center. Grube held the Billikens to just a single hit and improved his consecutive scoreless inning streak to 19 and two-thirds as the Tigers outlasted SLU (13-40, 4-22 C-USA) to their fifth straight win.
Memphis broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with an unearned run. Kyle Scott drew a two-out walk and Adam Amar followed with a lined single to rightfield. SLU rightfielder Jon Greenwich misplayed the ball and it to rolled to the wall allowing Scott to score from first. Amar advanced to third on the play.
The Tigers touched up Billiken starter Dave Guntorius for three runs in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead. Second baseman Michael Lewis led off the frame with an infield single. Chad House successfully bunted him over to second and Bill Moss drove him in with a double off the leftfield wall. Brent Dlugach followed Moss with his team-leading ninth home run of the year; a towering blast to left that gave Memphis a four-run advantage. Dlugach broke his previous career-high of eight homers with his two-run blast.
Saint Louis made things interesting with four runs in the ninth on three doubles by Steinhoff, Johnny Sweeney and Greenwich and a two RBI-single by Patrick Valdez. Steinhoff had two of the Billikens five hits on the evening.
Grube (8-4) increased his strikeout total to 100 to move into third place on Memphis' single season strikeout list. The righthander no-hit SLU through five and two-thirds innings, before Pat Steinhoff blooped a single to center. Corey Kines came on in the ninth to sit down a pair of Billikens to record his fourth save.
Guntorius (3-8) was the hard-luck loser in the contest, striking out a career-high 10 Tigers in a valiant seven and one-thirds innings of work. He gave up six hits.
Adam Amar was the lone Tiger with more than one hit in a 2-for-3 effort, while both Dlugach and Martin posted a pair of RBIs.
The Tigers and Billikens will continue the series with game two on Friday evening. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.