@MemphisBaseball Rallies Past SEMO To Complete Series Sweep
March 1, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis (10-1) rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Southeast Missouri (6-6), 3-2, in game two of the doubleheader. With the victory, the Tigers sweep the series and improve to 6-0 at FedExPark.
Drew Griffin worked a one out walk after Kane Barrow lifted a fly ball to the wall in left field. After a pitching change, Bryce Beeler flew out to left field, but the Tigers rallied for two runs with two outs to take the 3-2 lead. Carter White singled through the right side and Griffin moved to second. Consecutive wild pitches advanced each runner to scoring position. Tucker Tubbs smoked a single up the middle on a full count to give Memphis the 3-2 lead, but Tubbs was thrown out between first and second to end the frame.
The Redhawks scratched across two runs in the fifth to take a 2-0 lead. A leadoff walk and single put runners on the corners with one out. Derek Gibson skied a fly ball to centerfield that was deep enough for the sacrifice fly and a 1-0 lead for SEMO. Another single put runners on the corners with one out and a squeeze bunt brought in another tally. Memphis starter Dylan Toscano escaped further trouble, forcing a fly out to rightfield.
After a leadoff single by Dalton Hewitt in the ninth, Gibson doubled down the left field line to put runners in scoring position with two outs. The SEMO rally would come up short as a hard-hit ball by Scott Mitchell would wind up in Tucker Tubbs' glove to give the Tigers the win.
Toscano finished with his second-straight quality start and fourth-straight for the Tigers pitching staff. Toscano pitched six innings allowing two runs on five hits and he walked one and struck out six. Freshman right-hander Nolan Blackwood pitched 1.2 innings in relief to earn the win. Blackwood inherited runners on first and second with one out and induced a double play to end the seventh. Blackwood retired the side in order in the eighth. Caleb Wallingford and Bryce Beeler saw time on the mound for Memphis in the ninth inning with Beeler earning his fifth save of the season.
With the doubleheader sweep, Memphis improves to 22-10 in doubleheaders since 2010.
Memphis hits the road for a Wednesday match up with Ole Miss at Swayze Field. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. in Oxford, Miss.