@MemphisBaseball Bullpen Secures 4-2 Win Over Western Michigan
Feb. 15, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis (2-0) pitching held Western Michigan (0-2) to two runs or less for the second-consecutive game to take game two of the series with a 4-2 win on Saturday at FedExPark.
Western Michigan benefited from freebies in the second inning, but an overturned call prevented major damage for the Tigers. A hit batsman and three walks pushed across a tally for the Broncos with no outs in the frame. Vinnie Booker worked the count full and smacked a hard-hit liner down the leftfield line. The home plate umpire initially ruled it a grand slam, but the umpires convened and ruled it a foul ball.
When play resumed, left-handed starter Colin Lee picked off the runner at second base for the first out. Lee then struck out Booker looking on the called third strike. Lee escaped the jam with a fly out to right and the Broncos holding the 1-0 advantage.
Memphis answered in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 1-1. Designated hitter Carter White worked a one out walk and moved to second on a single by Kane Barrow. Catcher Keaton Aldridge ripped a single to center and White raced around third to score the Tigers run. The U of M attempted a double steal, but Barrow was out at third and a groundout ended any further threat of scoring.
Junior transfer Caleb Wallingford took over on the mound in the fourth and earned the victory. Wallingford pitched three scoreless innings and allowed four hits while striking out four.
The Tigers added a run in the fourth on a throwing error by the Broncos, but two runs in the fifth gave Memphis a 4-1 advantage. Second baseman Zach Willis doubled off the wall in right-centerfield and moved to third on a single to right by Jake Little.
After Little stole second, the Broncos got one out on the board via a strikeout, but White smoked a single through the right side for the RBI and a 3-1 lead. White swiped second and Barrow followed with a single to right-centerfield to make it 4-1.
Western Michigan got one run back in the seventh on a fielder's choice groundout, but sophomore pitcher Craig Caufield escaped further damage. The Broncos put runners on first and second with one out in the eighth, but Caufield forced a fly out to center for the second out. Southpaw Blake Myers was called upon out of the bullpen and he used one pitch to force a fly out to right and the Tigers maintained the 4-2 lead.
Beeler made his second career appearance and completed his second save in as many day to clinch the win. Beeler was perfect in the ninth with a strikeout as the Tigers won the first two games of the season for the first time since 2011.
Barrow led the offense with a 3-for-4 day with a walk and RBI. Willis had two hits in three at-bats with a run scored. White finished 1-for-2 with a RBI and two runs scored.
Memphis and Western Michigan square off in the series finale on Sunday at 12 p.m.