Derek Hankins Throws Third Complete Game, Baseball Wins 6-1
May 21, 2004
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Derek Hankins struck out 10 Saint Louis batters to become the fourth pitcher in Memphis baseball history to strike out at least 100 batters in a single season as Memphis (28-25, 15-13 C-USA) cruised to a 6-1 win over Saint Louis (13-41, 4-24 C-USA). Hankins (8-5) and Jarrett Grube, who fanned nine on Thursday, became the first Tiger duo ever to strike out 100 batters each in one season.
The Tigers slammed a trio of round trippers and roped 13 hits en route to winning their sixth straight game. The win was Memphis' 15th in Conference USA action, tying the 1999 Tigers for the most wins by a Memphis team in league play as a member of C-USA.
Saint Louis gained their first lead of the series in the third frame when third baseman Patrick Valdez deposited a Derek Hankins offering over the leftfield wall for a 1-0 advantage.
Memphis would tie the contest with a two-out rally in the top half of the fifth. Patrick Hope ignited the rally with an infield single and Chad House followed with a bunt single. Bill Moss drove Hope in with an RBI double off the leftfield wall, tying the game.
Kurt Welch put the Tigers ahead, 2-1, with a solo shot over the leftfield fence, just out of the reach of a leaping Neil Graser.
Hope again sparked a Memphis offensive when he belted his first home run as a Tiger in the seventh. An RBI-double by Brent Dlugach increased the lead to 4-1.
Jordan Hart launched a solo shot to left in the ninth and Welch added an RBI-single to cap the scoring at 6-1.
Welch had three hits for Memphis, including a homer, to lead the Tiger offense. House, Moss, Dlugach and Hope had a pair of hits each.
Hankins scattered five hits to earn the win while Kris Weber (3-6) took the loss for SLU, giving up four runs on 10 hits.
The Tigers and Billikens will wrap up the regular season in the series finale on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.