Samford Hands @MemphisBaseball First Loss, 3-2
Feb. 22, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Sophomore southpaw Colin Lee posted a quality start, but Samford (2-3) pitching held Memphis (5-1) to two runs on five hits to hand the Tigers their first loss of the season on Saturday at Joe Lee Griffin Field.
Memphis got off to a good start with a hit and single putting two runners on with two outs. Samford though squashed the hopes of an early lead, stranding Tiger base runners on the corners to end the frame.
A one-out solo home run gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead and they added two more in the second to open a 3-0 lead. Samford strung together three, two-out hits to plate two runs. Rightfielder Jake Little ended the frame with a strong throw to the plate and catcher Keaton Aldridge relayed it to second to get the runner out attempting to stretch the single to a double.
The Tigers attempted a two-out rally in the third, but a called third strike ended the threat. In the fourth, Memphis’ first two hitters reached, one via a hit-by-pitch and a Keaton Aldridge single. A double play to third for the force out and long throw to first put two outs on the board. Memphis failed to cash in with the runner on second and two outs.
Memphis was able to break into the score column in the fifth. Darien Tubbs singled for the second time in the game and came around to score on a Zach Willis double to right-centerfield. Willis moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch as the Tigers trimmed the deficit to 3-2.
Tigers’ starter Colin Lee tossed the first quality start for the club this season, but exited the game with Memphis trailing 3-2. Lee pitched six innings allowing three runs, all earned, on seven hits. Lee struck out two and walked none.
Alex Ledford earned the win for Samford, allowing two runs on five hits over five innings. Parker Curry was solid in relief for the Bulldogs, allowing one hit and striking out five in three innings. Andres Garcia ended the Tigers hope, retiring the side in order in the ninth.
Willis led the Tigers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a RBI double, walk and run scored. Darien Tubbs also had two hits on the day and scored one run. Craig Caufield and Nolan Blackwood were effective in relief as only one walk by Caufield allowed a base runner to reach past the sixth inning.
The two clubs meet for the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m.