Tigers Shutout Alabama 6-0 for Fifth-Straight Win Against SEC

March 12, 2013

Box Score

 
1 7 8 9 R H E
Memphis 0 0 3 0 0 1 1 1 6 10 0
Alabama 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
 
 
Hitting Leaders
Hits Runs RBI
Jake Little 4 1 2
Tucker Tubbs 2 2 0
Keaton Aldridge 2 0 0
 
 
Pitching Leaders
IP ER  BB  SO  BF NP
Alex Gunn 7.0 3 0 0 1 4 24 103
Jon Reed 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 6 26

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alex Gunntossed seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits over seven innings as Memphis (10-5) earned its fifth win over an SEC foe, 6-0 at Alabama (8-8) Tuesday.

Starting for the Tigers in back-to-back games, Gunn retired the first 11 batters he faced before Ben Moore ripped a single up the middle. Gunn struck out the next batter to end the fourth for his third strikeout of the game. In the fifth, Alabama's Brett Booth hit a leadoff single, but he was retired on a fielder's choice. Tubbs made a diving stop at first to retire the next batter, but the runner moved to scoring position. Gunn ended the inning with a groundout to second, stranding the runner at second.

A leadoff hit and a one out walk forced Gunn to work out of a jam in the sixth, but the junior did just that. Ryan Blanchard singled up the middle to start the threat and Gunn walked Kenny Roberts with one away. The walk was the first issued by Gunn in 19.1 innings of work, but a taylor-made 6-4-3 double play ended the inning with Memphis holding the 3-0 lead.

Alabama allowed a Memphis base runner to reach in each of the first three innings, but starting pitcher Taylor Gulibeau got him from his defense to face the minimum over the first three frames. In the first, a one out single was erased by a 1-6-3 double play and in the second, the Crimson Tide erased a leadoff single with a 5-4-3 double play. Alabama turned a 4-6-3 double play in the third to retired Ford Wilsonwho was hit by a pitch to start the frame.

Zach Willis was issued a walk to start the fourth and the Tigers looked to avoid a fourth-straight inning with a double-play. Jake Little made sure it didn't happen as he launched his third home run in as many games to give Memphis the 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, Ford Wilson delivered a two-out RBI with an infield single to score Tucker Tubbs. Tubbs walked after the home run and moved to third on Keaton Aldridge'ssingle before scoring the run to give Memphis the 3-0 advantage.

A leadoff hit and a one out walk forced Gunn to work out of a jam in the sixth, but the junior did just that. Ryan Blanchard singled up the middle to start the threat and Gunn walked Kenny Roberts with one away. The walk was the first issued by Gunn in 19.1 innings of work, but a taylor-made 6-4-3 double play ended the inning with Memphis holding the 3-0 lead.

The Tigers tacked on a run in the seventh, but a play at the plate cost the U of M a chance to cash in on more. Wilson walked, moved to second on a groundout, stole third and scored on a RBI grounder by Ethan Gross. Gross reached base after the first baseman muffed the throw and wound up on third after stealing second and an errant throw. Willis was hit by a pitch putting runners on the corners and he took off to steal second, but Alabama's shortstop cut the throw off and threw home in time to get Gross out at the plate.

Memphis added a run in the eighth to increase the lead to 5-0. Tubbs started the inning with a single and Aldridge followed with a single of his own. Tubbs moved to third and scored on a RBI groundout by Carter White.

After Jon Reedretired the side in order in the bottom of the eighth, the Tigers added a run on a RBI groundout by Little. Reed closed out the ninth after a leadoff single to seal the win for the U of M.

Little paced the Memphis offense with his 3-for-4 effort and three RBI. Tubbs and Aldridge added two hits each as the Tigers outhit Alabama 10-4.

With the win, Memphis has posted five wins against the SEC for the first time since 1985 and the seventh time in program history. Dating back to last season, Memphis has won seven of its last nine contests against SEC foes. Memphis and Alabama square off again on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m.


 

 

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