Saint Louis Scores Six Runs Late to Defeat @MemphisBaseball 6-4
March 14, 2014
O’FALLON, Mo. – Saint Louis scored six unanswered runs and defeated Memphis 6-4 on Friday in the series opener between the two teams at T.R. Hughes Ballpark.
Memphis (12-5) held a 4-0 lead after five innings, but Saint Louis (9-7) scored one in the sixth, three in the seventh and broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth to pick up the 6-4 victory.
Saint Louis scratched across one run in the sixth, but Memphis starter Caleb Wallingford kept the harm to one run. A leadoff double ended up coming around to score, but Wallingford struck out one before a groundout pushed the runner to third. A walk put runners on the corners and an infield single brought home the run. Wallingford ended the inning with a strikeout, his ninth of the day.
The Billikens tied the game with a three-run seventh and chased Wallingford from the game. The leadoff man reached on an error and a double put runners on second and third with no outs. After a flyout to shallow right, Wallingford was lifted for reliever Nolan Blackwood. A groundout to short brought in one run, but a two-out single and double brought in two more runs to tied it at 4-4 before the Tigers escaped further trouble.
Wallingford finished with 6.1 innings pitched and he allowed three runs, one earned on seven hits while walking three and striking out a career-high nine. The one earned run was the first allowed by Wallingford in 27 innings pitched.
Saint Louis pushed across two more runs in the eight to set up the 6-4 final. The Billikens used a two-out single with runners on second and third and two outs to push across the winning tally and an insurance run.
Tiger catcher Carter White gave the U of M a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a two-run home run to the bullpen in right-centerfield. Tucker Tubbs worked a leadoff walk and came to score on White’s second career home run.
Memphis tacked on one run in the third to increase the lead to 3-0. A one out single by Zach Willis followed by a Jake Little double put two Tigers in scoring position. Tucker Tubbs reached on an infield single and Willis crossed home for the score. Memphis stranded runners on the corners with back-to-back outs.
Jake Little crushed his first home run of the season to increase the lead to 4-0, but Memphis came up short on opening a larger lead. After the home run, Tucker Tubbs doubled and White drew a walk to put two on with no out. The Tigers couldn’t advance the runners until a one-out groundout. The Tigers ended the frame with runners stranded on second and third, but held a 4-0 lead.
Little led the Tigers with three hits, all three of his hits being extra-base hits. Tucker Tubbs also had multiple hits, going 2-for-4.
The Tigers and Billikens will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Game two of the doubleheader will begin approximately 45 minutes after the completion of game one.