@MemphisBaseball Comeback Not Enough in Series Finale at Saint Louis
March 15, 2014
O’FALLON, Mo. – Memphis erased a four-run deficit in the seventh, but Saint Louis answered with two runs in the seventh to defeat the Tigers 7-5 on Saturday in game two of a doubleheader at T.R. Hughes Ballpark.
Memphis falls to 13-6 on the season with the loss as Saint Louis (10-8) takes the three-game series, two games to one.
Trailing 5-1 in the seventh inning, Saint Louis issued six walks to the Tigers to help the U of M score four runs in the inning to knot the score at 5-5. A double by Nate Rupiper was the only hit in the seventh for the Tigers as two wild pitches and two walks produced the run scoring plays. Memphis stranded the bases loaded to end the inning with a called third strike thwarting the opportunity for the Tigers taking a lead.
The Billikens regained the lead in the bottom of the seventh, scoring a pair of runs to lead 7-5. Back-to-back singles got the frame started for Saint Louis and a fly out to center put runners on the corners with one out. A RBI single brought home the go-ahead run and later in the inning the Billikens added another with the run scoring on a wild pitch. The Tigers caught a runner stealing from first and threw home to throw out a runner at the plate to end the frame.
Saint Louis raced to a 3-0 lead in the game with the first three hitters reaching before the Tigers got an out on the board. A leadoff walk opened the door and a single put the first two on. A double plated the first tally and consecutive groundouts made it 3-0 after one inning.
After the Tigers got one run back on a Ethan Gross RBI single, Saint Louis added tallies in the second and third to take a 5-1 advantage. Gross singled with the bases loaded and two out, but the Billikens threw out a runner at the plate to end the inning. Saint Louis had RBI singles in the second and third to score the runs.
Memphis starter Dylan Toscano (2-2) was tagged with the loss as he allowed five runs on five hits and walked one in two innings of work. Blake Myers was effective in relief, throwing 3.2 scoreless innings while giving up three hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
The Tigers were issued nine walks in the game, but only mustered four hits. Tucker Tubbs highlighted the offense for the U of M finishing with a double and RBI.
The Tigers return to FedExPark for a four-game homestand that begins Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. against Murray State.