@MemphisBaseball Takes Game One of Doubleheader over SEMO, 9-5
March 1, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis Tigers (9-1) continued their impressive start to the season, scoring seven runs in the first two innings en route to a 9-5 victory over the Southeast Missouri Redhawks (6-5) Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers brought their best offense to the plate on Saturday, batting around in the first inning. Memphis grabbed a 3-0 lead, scoring three runs on three hits, but did leave the bases loaded to end the inning. A single, hit batter and bunt single loaded the bases with no outs and Kane Barrow hit a sacrifice fly to plate the first run. A second hit batter loaded the bases again before a strikeout put two outs on the board. Nate Rupiper worked a bases loaded walk to make it 2-0 and Keaton Aldridge beat out an infield single to make it 3-0 before SEMO ended the frame.
Memphis nearly batted a second time, scoring four runs on two hits to answer a SEMO tally in the second. Two walks sandwiched a one-out single to load the bases and the third walk of the inning gave Memphis a 4-1 advantage. Tucker Tubbs drove in another with a groundout before Keaton Aldridge plated two runs with a single to left to give the U of M a 7-1 lead.
SEMO scored single runs in the fourth and fifth to trim the Tigers lead to 7-3, but southpaw Colin Lee exited with his second-straight quality start. Lee pitched six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out two.
Memphis added two runs in the sixth to lead 9-3. Back-to-back walks got the inning started before Barrow loaded the bases with a single to left. Drew Griffin drove in a run, reaching on a fielder's choice as Barrow was out at second. With runners on the corners and one out, a balk was called on the SEMO pitcher allowing Jake Little to score from third to make it 9-3.
The Tigers return to the field for game two of the doubleheader with a 4:20 p.m. first pitch scheduled at FedExPark.