Baseball Drops Season Finale at Saint Louis, 8-3
May 22, 2004
SAINT LOUIS, Mo. - Saint Louis used a pair of three-run homers to hand Memphis an 8-3 loss and avoid being swept in the regular season finale. The Tigers end the regular season with a 28-26 overall mark and 15-14 in C-USA action.
Tiger starter Bill Edwards struggled in the first inning, hitting Pat Steinhoff, and walking Johnny Sweeney before giving up a three run blast to Kyle Wort for a 3-1 Billiken lead.
SLU plated two more runs in the second on a two-RBI double to right centerfield by Steinhoff.
Welch scored a run in the sixth and drove home Chad House with an RBI-single to center in the seventh to cut the deficit to 5-3.
Brad Daubach slammed a three-run home run over the leftfield fence in the home half of the seventh to put the contest away, 8-3.
Memphis staged a rally in the eighth, loading the sacks with one out. However, SLU reliever Adam Schroeder was able to induce a double play to get out of the inning.
Memphis laced 12 hits, but could not produce the clutch hit as nine of their 11 runners left on base were stranded in scoring position. Moss, Welch, Martin and Jordan Hart each had two hits for the Tigers.
Edwards (3-4) was saddled with the loss, allowing five earned runs on four hits in three inning of work. Edwards also walked a pair and hit three SLU batters. Stephen Gostkowski came on in relief of Edwards to hold the Billikens scoreless in two innings, on just one hit while striking out three. Michael Novarese gave up three runs on five hits in two innings of relief and Josh Payne worked a perfect eighth.
Ryan Bird (3-6) struck out five to cruise to his third win of the year. He scattered seven hits and retired eight consecutive Tiger batters from the fourth to sixth innings to help his cause.
Memphis will return to action on Wednesday, in the opening round of the 2004 C-USA Tournament. This year's appearance will be the Tiger's first since 1999. Pairings have not yet been released.