Central Arkansas Tops @MemphisBaseball 8-4 in Series Finale
March 9, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Carter White was 4-for-4 with two RBI, but Central Arkansas pounded out 15 hits to defeat Memphis 8-4 on Sunday at FedExPark.
Central Arkansas (8-5) scored five runs in the first three innings to knock starter Dylan Toscano out of the game. The Bears struck for two in the first, one in the second and a pair of runs in the third to lead 5-1. The Bears added another tally in the fifth to lead 6-0 before the Tigers scratched across a run.
In the fifth, Ethan Gross led off the frame for Memphis (12-3) with a single and moved to second on a groundout. Darien Tubbs extended his hit streak to 10 games to put runners on the corners with one, but the Tigers only got one run in the inning. Zach Willis hit a sacrifice fly to score Gross, but Darien Tubbs was left stranded at second after he stole the base.
Memphis continued to claw back in the sixth, but only scratched across one run. A one-out double by Drew Griffin sparked the rally and Carter White followed with a RBI single to make it 6-2. White advanced to second on a passed ball and third on a groundout, but was stranded at third to end the frame.
The Bears scored two runs in the eighth to extend the lead to 8-2, but Memphis answered with two runs of their own to make it 8-4 after eight. A leadoff single by Jake Little opened the frame and Tucker Tubbs drove him in with a double. Tucker Tubbs came around to score on a RBI single by Carter White, who finished the day 4-for-4. The Tigers moved runners to first and third with two out, but the Bears stranded the runners there.
White's four-hit day is the first for a Tiger player since April 26 of last season. Gross had three hits and Griffin had a pair of hits including the double. Toscano (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing five runs, three earned, on six hits over 2.2 innings. Central Arkansas starter Chris Caudle pitched the complete game allowing four runs, all earned, on 13 hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Memphis opens a four-game road trip at Belmont on Tuesday. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. in Nashville, Tenn.