Early Errors Costly in 5-3 Loss to ULM
March 3, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis (7-4) stranded seven runners in scoring position and two early errors proved costly as the Tigers dropped the series finale against ULM (6-5) 5-3 at FedExPark Sunday.
After double plays ended the first two at-bats for Memphis, ULM cashed in in the third with a three-run inning. A leadoff double by Brandon Alexander got the Warhawks going, but two errors helped spark the rally. A throwing error allowed runners to be on first and second with no outs and a second error in the inning on a sacrifice bunt scored one run and put two others in scoring position. A two-out double down the right field plated two more runs and the Warhawks took the 3-0 lead.
Memphis got in the score column in the fifth as Zach Willis led off the frame with a single. A groundout moved Willis into scoring position, but it took a two-out RBI double by Ford Wilson to score the run. ULM answered in the sixth putting two runs on the board with a bases loaded two RBI single by Alexander.
The Tigers stranded a runner in scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings, but the U of M loaded the bases with one out in the seventh in an attempted rally. A walk, hit batter and single had the Tigers threatening, but ULM escaped the jam with a foul out and a groundout to carry at 5-1 lead to the eighth.
The Warhawks had a chance to increase their lead in the eighth, but the Tigers defense did the job to keep the game at 5-1. A leadoff double got things going for ULM and a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to third. The next hitter grounded to third and the runner took off for home, but was tagged out at third on the rundown.
Memphis put together a two out rally in the eighth to cut the deficit to 5-2, but stranded runners on the corners to end the eighth. Pinch hitter Michael Sillyman registered his first career hit to spark the two-out rally and a walk put two runners on. An error allowed the run to score, but a fly out ended the threat with runners stranded on the corners.
The Tigers attempted to rally in the ninth, but left the tying run standing on first to end the contest. Little hit a one-out triple and scored on a single by Bryce Beeler. A pop out and strikeout ended the game with Beeler, the potential tying run, standing on first.
Beeler and Willis paced the Memphis offense with two hits each and the Tigers out-hit ULM 9-8. Memphis starter Alex Gunn suffered the loss allowing three runs, all unearned, on four hits in five innings. Alex Dumaine allowed one run on five hits in 6.1 innings pitched to pick up the win. Shelby Aulds recorded the last two outs for his first save of the season.
Memphis plays host to Buffalo at FedExPark for a three-game series beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m.