Indians Drop Finale In Memphis
Memphis, Tenn. (March 2, 2003) - Three unearned runs in the first and two more over the course of the game did in the Indians today as they fell in the series finale to the Tigers of Memphis, 14-6. The loss moves Southeast to 3-4, as Memphis goes to 3-2.
The Tribe started the game on a high note as junior centerfielder Seth Moulton walked in his first at bat. Senior second baseman Justin Christian singled behind him sending Moulton to third. Christian and Moulton then pulled off the perfect double steal as Christian easily took second and Moulton scampered home for the game's first run.
The first inning was not kind at all to Indian starter Bill Clayton. After giving up a lead-off infield single, he allowed the runner to steal second. He then hit the next batter and both runners moved up on a passed ball. Another passed ball later, and an error by Clayton on the play made the score 2-1 Memphis. All in all in the inning, there would be four hits and three errors allowing six runs to score. Clayton would not get out of the inning as junior lefty Stan Skakalski came in to relieve.
The Tribe got another back in the second as senior shortstop Zach Borowiak singled up the middle. Junior first baseman Gary Gilbert walked behind him and sophomore designated hitter Eric Hoffman reached on an error loading the bases. Senior third baseman Denver Stuckey then came through with the sacrifice fly scoring Borowiak.
Memphis went right back to work in the third as they scored four more runs off of Skakalski. A homer and two errors allowed the Tigers to take a 10-2 lead after three innings.
Southeast got two more in the fourth as Gilbert singled to start the inning. Hoffman walked behind him, and freshman right fielder Aaron Fangman singled down the right field line loading the bases. Moulton then reached on a fielder's choice scoring Gilbert. Christian then took a 3-1 pitch and doubled into right center scoring Hoffman, but Moulton was gunned down at the plate trying to score to end the inning.
Memphis would get two more in their half of the fourth, but the Tribe answered back with a run of their own. With two outs, Borowiak took the first pitch he saw and deposited it over the centerfield wall for his first long ball of the season.
Memphis got two more in the fifth and Christian would get a homer for the Tribe in the seventh to make the final score 14-6.
Christian was just a triple away from the cycle on the day. He had three hits and two RBI's including a double and a home run. He also had a stolen base. Stuckey and Borowiak each had two hits and an RBI, with Moulton getting the team's other lone RBI.
Clayton got the loss for the Tribe, his first of the season. Skalkaski and sophomore Ryan Forsyth pitched in relief with Forsyth putting together a nice five innings of relief to finish the game.
Southeast now will travel to Jonesboro, Ark, on Tuesday to take on the Indians of Arkansas State at 3 p.m., before traveling to Hattiesburg, Mississippi next weekend to take on Southern Miss.