Caleb Wallingford Shuts Down Belmont in @MemphisBaseball 2-1 Win
Feb. 25, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Junior southpaw Caleb Wallingford pitched seven strong innings without allowing an earned run and Memphis (7-1) topped Belmont (4-4) 2-1 on Tuesday at FedExPark.
Wallingford allowed one run to score in the first, but it took an error for the Bruins to bring in the run. With one out, Wallingford hit Zach Hald with a pitch and later he attempted to pick the runner off at first. The pickoff throw was errant allowing the runner to advance all the way to third and a sacrifice fly brought the run in without a hit.
The Tigers answered the tally in the second, scoring without registering a hit. Carter White reached on an error to start the frame and a walk put the tying run in scoring position. Drew Griffin executed the sacrifice bunt to advance the runners. Ethan Gross grounded out to second base, but the run scored to knot the game at 1-1.
Memphis took the lead in the fifth, scoring one unearned run. Designated hitter Nate Rupiper picked up his second hit, a bunt single to start the frame, and errant throw allowed him to advance to second. Darien Tubbs advanced Rupiper to third with a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly by Zach Willis gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
Wallingford averted trouble several times throughout his outing to post four in scoring position. In the third, Wallingford stranded runners on second and third by striking out a hitter and he stranded the potential tying run on third to end the seventh with his sixth strikeout of the game.
Bryce Beeler came in to close out the win, striking out three while working around a walk for his fourth save of the game. Jacob Moody allowed one hit in one inning, picking up his second hold of the year. With seven saves on the year, the Tigers are off to a good start in chasing the single season record. Last season, Memphis had 19 saves, picking up their seventh in game No. 29 on April 5.
Drew Griffin, Tucker Tubbs and Rupiper each collected two hits to pace the Memphis offense that out-hit Belmont 8-6. Willis and Gross collected the RBI for the Tigers. Memphis' 7-1 start is the best since the 2007 squad started 7-1.
The Tigers host SEMO in a three-game series at FedExPark this weekend. The series begins on Friday at 5 p.m.