Tribe Drops Two At SMS
Springfield, Mo. (May 2, 2003)- The Southeast Missouri State Indian baseball team ran into a hot Southwest Missouri State pitching staff today that limited the potent Tribe offense to just seven hits on the day as the Bears swept a double-header from Southeast today by the scores of 3-1 and 11-5. Southeast now falls to 25-17, while SMS moves to 31-19.
The Tribe couldn't get much offensive help for starter Tim Alvarez in game one as they had just one run on three hits. After a hit from Tristen McDonald in the second, SMS starter Chad Mulholland held the Tribe hitless until the seventh when Zach Borowiak homered to lead off the inning. McDonald followed with his second single of the day, but the Tribe couldn't get any closer.
Alvarez allowed just three hits and three earned runs in three innings, while he struck out two. Stan Skakalski pitched the final three innings, allowing just three hits and no runs in brilliant relief. Borowiak and McDonald had the Indians' only hits on the day.
Game two wasn't much kinder to the Tribe. SMS jumped out to an early 1-0 lead before the Indians came back with two runs in the top of the second. Without the benefit of a hit, Southeast found themselves with the bases loaded and no outs. Borowiak then scored on a wild pitch, as Gary Gilbert was walked on four-straight pitches to load the bases again. Wade Hansford then was walked to force in the second run of the inning.
That prompted a pitching change for the Bears. Denver Stuckey greeted the new pitcher with a deep drive to center field driving in Eric Hoffman for the third run of the inning, giving Southeast a 3-1 lead for the moment.
SMS got three more runs in their half of the third and one in each of the third and fourth before the Indians answered again. After a two-out bunt single from Justin Christian, Borowiak homered to left field for his second dinger of the game to cut the lead to 6-5.
SMS broke it up in the fifth. After a lead-off walk, Tim Rafferty singled to left moving the runner up one base. Greg Mathis then reached on an error by pitcher Jim Beever as Mathis was trying to sacrifice the runners over. That loaded the bases for shortstop Shaun Marcum doubled to centerfield on a ball off of Seth Moulton's glove. That cleared the bases and made way for a five-run inning.
Southeast wouldn't score again as Marcum came in and closed out the game for his 11th save of the season.
Borowiak had two hits on the day, but they were both big home runs. He also scored three times and drove in three. McDonald had a couple of hits, as well. Reigning National Player of the Week Brian Hopkins was hitless on the day ending his 17-game hitting streak.
The Tribe gets back into action this weekend as they come back to Capaha for the final home series of the season playing host to Morehead State on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will feature a tribute to the 1983 Southeast baseball team, as well as a tribute to the parent's of the players. Sunday will be Senior Day at the park.