Little Provides Walk-Off Single in 14th for @MemphisBaseball
March 8, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – After deciding game one in a 17-inning marathon on Friday, it took 14 innings to see Jake Little hit a walk-off single to see Memphis take game two of the series, 2-1.
The Tigers (12-2) and Central Arkansas played nine innings to a 1-1 tie for the second-consecutive game, but the bases loaded single by Little gave the Tigers the 2-1 win in the 14th. A leadoff single by Carter White and a one-out walk to Darien Tubbs put the pressure on Central Arkansas (7-5). Zach Willis loaded the bases with an infield single and Little slapped a single to right-centerfield for the walk-off hit.
Bryce Beeler earned his first win, tossing 3.1 innings of relief giving up just one hit while striking out five. Beeler inherited runners on first and third with two outs in the 11th and struck out the first hitter he faced to keep the game knotted at 1-1. The lone hit he allowed, an infield single in the 14th, was the first he has allowed this season in 7.2 IP.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead, aided by a Central Arkansas error and passed ball. Tucker Tubbs singled through the left side with one out and advanced to third on Bryce Beeler’s single up the middle. Tubbs stopped at second, but a bobble by the centerfielder allowed Tubbs the extra base. With two outs and runners on the corners, a pitch got past the Bears catcher and Tubbs scampered home to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Central Arkansas answered in the fifth, scoring one run on just one hit. A leadoff walk cost Memphis starter in the inning as the runner came around to score on a two-out triple. Second baseman Wesley Hoover ripped the triple off the wall in right-centerfield to drive in the run, tying the game at 1-1.
Lee was lifted for reliever Craig Caufield in the seventh, with two on and two out. Caufield walked the first batter he faced but came back to strikeout the next hitter to strand the bases loaded. Lee finished with the sixth-straight quality start by a Memphis pitcher, going 6.2 innings allowing one run on five hits with one walk and a career high four strikeouts. Southpaw Jacob Moody was effective in relief, allowing one hit and striking out four over 2.1 innings.
Willis and Little led the Tigers offense with two hit days and Little collected the Tigers only RBI. The Tigers left 12 runners on base, but the Bears stranded 14 on the game. Little’s walk-off single gave the Tigers their first walk-off win since March 13, 2012 and first extra-inning win since May 18, 2012 at Houston. Memphis' back-to-back extra-inning games are the first since Apr. 5, 2006 (at UT Martin) and Apr. 7, 2006 (at Marshall) when the Tigers played two-straight 11-inning contests.
The two teams meet for the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m.