Chase Joiner Strikes Out 12 in Tigers 6-0 Victory over Siena
March 17, 2012
Chase Joiner pitched a complete game shutout and struck out a career-high 12 batters as Memphis (8-11) completed the doubleheader sweep of Siena (2-17) with a 6-0 victory on Saturday at FedExPark. The Tigers pounded out 17 hits in a 16-4 win in game one of the doubleheader.
Vincent Citro led off the game with a single to center for Siena, but he was erased as freshman catcher Nate Rupiper threw him out on an attempted steal. John Rooney singled with two outs and advanced to second on a stolen base, but Joiner stranded the runner there with a pop out to end the frame.
Memphis used a solo home run from Adam McClain to grab a 1-0 lead in the first. The line drive home run was McClain's first of the season. The Tigers tacked on a second run in the fourth as Tucker Tubbs belted a triple off the wall in left-centerfield. The Tigers played small ball to extend the lead to 3-0 in the fifth. Ethan Gross walked to start the inning and moved to third on a single by McClain, who was thrown out at second trying to stretch it to a double. With Gross at third, Jacob Wilson laid down a bunt and Gross was able to beat the throw at the plate to score the run.
A three-run home run by Jacob Wilson in the bottom of the seventh gave the Tigers a 6-0 advantage. Gross took a leadoff walk and McClain drilled a single to center to put runners on the corners with no outs for Wilson. Wilson jumped on the 0-2 pitch and belted his third homer of the season over the left field fence.
McClain paced the Tiger offense as he went 4-for-4 with two runs scored in the game. McClain finished the doubleheader 7-for-8 with three RBI and five runs scored. Eli Hynes had three hits and Jacob Wilson added two hits and four RBI on the game.
Joiner struck out 12 in his complete game effort marking the eighth time this season a Tiger starter has struck out seven or more batters in a game. With the win, Joiner improves to 1-2 on the year. Matt Gage allowed three runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings pitched and was tagged with the loss.
Memphis continues the nine-game home stand as Arkansas State visits FedExPark for a 6:30 p.m. matchup on Tuesday at FedExPark.