@MemphisBaseball Tops Saint Louis 9-7 in 10 Innings
March 15, 2014
O'FALLON, Mo. - Zach Willis hit a bases loaded double to help Memphis to a 9-7 10-inning victory over Saint Louis in game one of a doubleheader at T.R. Hughes Ballpark on Saturday.
Saint Louis rallied for two runs in the ninth to send the game to extra innings. After a strikeout, Saint Louis used back-to-back doubles to put the tying run on second. Ford Wilson threw out the potential tying run at the plate, but the Billikens scored the tying run on the third double of the inning. The Tigers issued an intentional walk to load the bases and got out of the inning with a fly out.
In the 10th, Wilson reached on a fielder's choice before Ethan Gross singled up the middle to put two runners on with one out. After a balk advanced the runners, Darien Tubbs was intentionally walked to load the bases. Willis then doubled to right field to give Memphis a 9-7 lead heading into the bottom of the inning. Bryce Beeler struck out two batters in the bottom half inning to help the Tigers to the win. Beeler picked up the win for Memphis on the mound, improving to 2-0 on the season.
Trailing 5-3 in the seventh, Darien Tubbs started the frame with an infield single and moved to second on a one-out single by Jake Little. With runners on first and second, Tucker Tubbs ripped an 0-1 pitch over the leftfield fence to give Memphis the 6-5 lead. After Drew Griffin doubled, Nate Rupiper came up with a pinch-hit RBI single scoring Griffin, but Rupiper was thrown out at second to end the frame.
The Billikens put together a big inning to take the lead, scoring three runs on three hits in the third. Saint Louis used a leadoff walk and single put runners on first and second, the Billikens opened the scoring with a single to centerfield. An error allowed runners to move to second and third and an infield single brought in the second run. With runners on the corners, the Tigers gave up a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0, but the U of M averted further damage getting out of the inning.
The Tigers responded with two runs in fourth, but left two runners on base to end the frame. Three walks had the bases loaded with one out for the U of M and Griffin got the Tigers on the board with a RBI single to center. Keaton Aldridge cut the deficit to 3-2 with a sacrifice fly to center, but Memphis left runners standing on first and second to end the inning.
Memphis tied the game at 3-3 with Chris Carrier providing his first career RBI. With runners on the corners and two out, Carrier slapped a single up the middle to score the tying run. Saint Louis used back-to-back walks in the bottom of the inning to spark a go-ahead two-running inning. After a sacrifice bunt, a groundout brought home the go-ahead run and a two-out single added another tally.
Griffin led Memphis at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Rupiper, Gross, Little and Tucker Tubbs all finished with two hits on the day.