Redhawks Fall Big to Memphis
April 25, 2007
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Wednesday, April 25, 2007) Southeast Missouri State Redhawks baseball gave up a season-high 19 runs Wednesday to Memphis in a 19-8 midweek loss. The loss is their fourth in the last five games played.
Memphis (27-16) scored in the first inning, but Redhawks starting pitcher Isaac Stoll (Washington, Ind./Vincennes) kept the Tigers' scoring reasonable through the first three innings.
After the Tigers scored one run in the first, designated hitter Joey Lieberman added a three-run home run in the third inning to extend their lead to four.
Stoll, in his first start of the season and first appearance since February 18, pitched three innings and allowed four runs on five hits.
After Memphis added another three-run home run in the fourth inning, delivered by second baseman Bill Moss, the Redhawks (25-17) jumped on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame.
Just as the Redhawks started plating runs, the Tigers exploded for 12 runs in the fifth inning, a Memphis record for runs scored in a single inning. Freshman reliever Derek Hayden (Shelbyville, Ill./Shelbyville HS) was charged with 10 of the runs, though only eight were earned.
Memphis hit two home runs in the inning, including a grand slam by Lieberman, his second bomb of the day, and a three-run homer from catcher Chris Kirkland.
Thirteen of the Tigers' 19 runs Wednesday scored as a result of four home runs.
Freshman Jim Klocke (St. Louis, Mo./Vianney HS), the usual starting catcher who received the day off as designated hitter, made sure to jump on the bandwagon for Southeast. Klocke hit his second home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth inning, a two-run blast that cleared the wall in right-center field.
Klocke finished the game 3-for-4 at the palte with the home run, a pair of singles, two RBIs and two runs scored.
The Redhawks added two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth, yet the 19 runs were too much to surmount even as sophomore James Leigh (Bryant, Ark./Texarkana) pitched three and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief.
Sophomore Mike Taylor (McClure, Ill./Shawnee HS) finished the game on the mound for Southeast. The right-hander forced a bases-loaded double play to end the top of the ninth inning.
Starting pitcher Scott McGregor got the win for Memphis, improving to 4-2 on the year. Stoll (0-1) got the loss for Southeast.
Lieberman was 2-for-4 with two home runs, seven RBIs and two runs scored at the end of the game. Moss and Kirkland each had five runs batted in.
Kirkland and first baseman Adam Amar tied for the Memphis lead with three hits in the game. Amar moved into first place on the school's all-time hits chart with this first of two hits in the fifth inning.
Southeast will continue a six-game home stand this weekend as they host Eastern Illinois for a three-game conference set. The Redhawks and Panthers will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday; Health Facilities Rehab and Kohlfeld Distributing will be the game sponsors. The series concludes Sunday with a single game at 1 p.m.