UL-Monroe Slides Past Memphis, 5-4
March 6, 2012
A leadoff single by Logan Fiasco started the inning for ULM and he advanced to scoring position on a passed ball. After an intentional walk setup the potential double play, Jeremy Sy dropped a single into right-centerfield to plate the winning run.
Head Coach Daron Schoenrock penciled in Adam McClain at the top of the order for the first time this season and the senior delivered in the first inning with a leadoff single. McClain stole second and scored on a two out RBI single by Eli Hynes to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
UL-Monroe evened the score in the second stanza on a solo home run by Judd Edwards. The Warhawks used three singles and a Tiger error to plate two runs in the third to take a 3-1 lead. Sy and Joey Rapp had RBI singles in the inning to plate the runs for ULM.
A hit batter and walk put two Tigers on base with one out in the fourth for freshman Tucker Tubbs. Tubbs delivered the first Memphis triple of the season to score both runners and knot the score at 3-3. An unearned run in the bottom of the inning helped the Warhawks regain the lead as Brandon Alexander grounded out to second for the RBI.
A leadoff double by Colton Simbeck appeared to have the Tigers in business, trailing by a run in the sixth. UL-Monroe left Simbeck stranded on third after a groundout and two strikeouts ended the threat.
Tiger southpaw Michael Wills made his second start of the season and allowed four runs, one earned, on seven hits in seven innings of work. A two-out double in the sixth put pressure on the junior pitcher, but Wills fanned his seventh batter of the game to end the sixth inning with the Tigers trailing 4-3.
Hynes added a RBI single in the seventh to knot the score at 4-4. Keaton Aldridge started the frame with a single and moved to scoring position on a passed ball. After Derrick Thomas was hit by a pitch, Hynes hit with two outs in the inning and roped a single up the middle to drive in the tying run.
The Tigers loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, but ULM reliever Will Browning induced a grounder to second to get the Warhawks out of the jam. Memphis put two runners on with one out in the ninth, but two-straight strikeouts kept the score knotted at 4-4. Browning (2-0) earned the win on the mound as he pitched 1.1 innings and allowed no runs on two hits and struck out two.
Hynes, who extended his team-high hit streak to 13 games, led the Tigers with a 3-for-5 effort at the plate. Simbeck and Aldridge added two hits each and Memphis out-hit ULM 11-10 on the game. Tiger reliever Jonathan Van Eaton (1-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing a run on two hits in 1.1 innings pitched.
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Memphis and UL-Monroe square off at 6:00 p.m. at Warhawk Field on Wednesday before the Tigers travel to Waco, Texas for a three-game series against Baylor this weekend.