@MemphisBaseball Completes Sweep of Western Michigan with 5-2 Win Sunday
Feb. 16, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Strong pitching positioned Memphis (3-0) for a sweep on Sunday and the Tigers pitching staff limited Western Michigan (0-3) to two runs for the third-straight day to complete the series sweep at FedExPark.
Junior right-hander Dylan Toscano allowed two runs, both unearned, on four hits while striking out five in five innings of work. Toscano picked up the win in his third career start. Freshman southpaw Ryan Garner was perfect in two innings of work with a strikeout and junior lefty Jacob Moody followed with a three-up, three-down eighth with a strikeout. Freshman Nolan Blackwood earned the save, retiring the side in order in the ninth. The three relievers combined for four perfect innings with three strikeouts.
After having to come behind in the first two games of the season, the Tigers scored a run in the first inning on Sunday. Freshman outfielder Darien Tubbs registered his first career hit, stole second base and raced around third to score on Zach Willis' RBI single. For Willis, it was his third-straight game with a hit and second RBI on the young season.
Junior RHP/UT Bryce Beeler recorded saves in the first two games and appeared in the lineup for the first time on Sunday as the designated hitter. Beeler came to the plate with a runner on third and no outs and laid down the suicide squeeze bunt to drive in the run.
Western Michigan evened the score at 2-2 in the third, but both runs were unearned. Back-to-back one-out singles sparked the Broncos and a balk advanced the runners to second and third. A strikeout put two outs on the board, but an error allowed a run to score. The Broncos added another before a flyout to center ended the frame.
Memphis answered the Broncos scoring with two runs of their own in the third. Darien Tubbs sparked the inning with a leadoff walk and picked up his second hit to put runners on the corners with no outs. Jake Little drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2 and Tucker Tubbs followed with double down the leftfield line to make it 4-2.
Willis finished 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI to close the series with six hits in 10 at-bats and two RBI.
The Tigers travel to No. 4 Mississippi State on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. tilt.