@MemphisBaseball Rallies To Defeat No. 7 Mississippi State 6-4
Feb. 19, 2014
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Memphis (4-0) scored three runs in the ninth inning to come back and defeat No. 7 Mississippi State (2-2) on Wednesday at Dudy Noble Field.
Memphis trailed 4-3 entering the top of the ninth and head coach Daron Schoenrock was ejected in the bottom of the eighth arguing balls and strikes. Memphis rallied for three runs against Bulldogs All-American closer Jonathan Holder to take a 6-4 lead.
Beeler entered with two on and no out in the ninth and shut the door for his third save in as many opportunities. Beeler struck out the final hitter of the game to clinch the Tigers 4-0 start. The 4-0 start is the first since 2001 (6-0).
Jacob Moody pitched one inning in relief, striking out one and walking another while allowing one hit. He earned the win, the first of his career. Holder took the loss after allowing two earned runs on two hits in the ninth. It was Mississippi State's first loss under John Cohen when leading in the top of the ninth inning (82-0).
Kane Barrow started the rally reaching on a dropped third strike. Pinch-runner Ford Wilson swiped second to put the tying run in scoring position. Bryce Beeler singled to left-centerfield and moved to second on the throw home that was late. Jake Little singled to put runners on the corners and Ethan Gross reached on an error to plate the go-ahead run. Little moved to third and scored after the Bulldogs first baseman couldn't get the out at the plate.
Memphis starter Caleb Wallingford flirted with trouble in all four innings of his start, but the junior lefty escaped the game without allowing a run. Wallingford allowed three hits, walked two and hit two batters. The Bulldogs put five runners in scoring position over the first four innings, but two strikeouts and two pop ups averted the threat for Wallingford.
The Tigers grabbed the lead in the fifth and left-fielder Kane Barrow sparked the scoring. Barrow singled in the second, but Mississippi State pitcher Ben Bracewell set down the next eight batters he faced. Barrow led off the fifth with a double to deep centerfield. Designated hitter Bryce Beeler sacrificed Barrow to third. With two outs, Ethan Gross was in a 0-2 hole at the plate, but hit a hard-hit grounder to second that was misplayed resulting in Barrow scoring.
Mississippi State cashed in with runners in scoring position in the sixth, scoring four runs on three hits. The Tigers walked three in the inning to load the bases before three hits led to the runs. Two singles scored three runs and a double added the fourth tally for Mississippi State's 4-1 lead.
Memphis used the Bulldogs second error to score two runs in the seventh to pull within one, 4-3. Carter White singled and Barrow followed with his third hit of the night to put two on with no outs. Beeler lifted a fly ball to right to move White to third. A walk loaded the bases and the error on the fielder's choice allowed two runs to score on Gross' grounder to short. The Tigers attempted to tie the game with Zach Schritenthal putting down a bunt, but Jake Little was out at the plate after the bunt was missed.
The Tigers continue a four-game road trip by traveling to Birmingham, Ala. to take on Samford in a three-game series beginning Friday at 4 p.m.