@MemphisBaseball Claws Back Against Murray State, 12-8
March 18, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Freshman RHP Trevor Sutton allowed no hits in three innings of relief and Memphis scored 10 unanswered runs to defeat Murray State 12-8 on Tuesday at FedExPark.
The victory marked No. 1700 for the program in its 101st year of baseball. The Tigers will play game No. 3000 on Saturday and now carry an all-time record of 1700-1282-16.
The Tigers (14-6) trailed 7-3 when Sutton entered the game in the fourth inning. Sutton (1-0) retired the side in order in the fourth, but a dropped foul ball, walk, hit batter and passed ball put runners on second and third with no outs in the fifth. Sutton sandwiched an infield fly around two strikeouts to escape the trouble. In his final inning, Sutton walked the leadoff man, but two fly outs and a strikeout ended the threat.
Murray State (9-9) grabbed a 1-0 lead on a solo home run in the first, but the Tigers answered with two runs in their half of the inning. A two-out error helped the Tigers extend the inning as Jake Little reached third on the misplayed bunt. Tucker Tubbs recorded an RBI for the sixth-straight game to tie the game at 1-1 and he came around to score on a RBI single by Carter White.
The `Breds regained the lead with a four-run second and added two more in the third to open a 7-2 advantage. Murray State scored five of the seven runs with two outs, all via two-out singles with runners in scoring position.
Memphis responded with one run in the third, three in the fourth and five in the fifth to score nine unanswered runs to take an 11-7 lead. Back-to-back doubles in the third brought in the tally before the Tigers loaded the bags in the fourth to score three. Tucker Tubbs reached on a fielder's choice after the right fielder dropped the fly out. White followed with his third hit of the game and second double to drive in two more runs to make it 7-6.
The Tigers benefited from three walks in the fifth to score five runs in the inning, the third time on the season to score five or more runs in an inning. After back-to-back walks started the inning, Ethan Gross drove in the tying run with a double and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out. Zach Willis plated the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly. Gross came around to score on a failed pickoff attempt before Jake Little punctuated the inning with a two-run home run to give the Tigers an 11-7 lead.
Memphis tacked on a run in the seventh using back-to-back doubles by Ethan Gross and Darien Tubbs. The double by Darien Tubbs scored Gross, the third run in the game scored by Gross. Murray State got the run back in the eighth with a leadoff triple leading to the tally. A RBI groundout to shortstop plated the run to set the final of 12-8.
Gross and White paced the Tigers offense as each picked up three hits, included two doubles for each. White had three RBI while Gross scored three runs. Memphis finished the game with six doubles, the most since the U of M had nine doubles at UT Martin on March 19, 2013.
The Tigers open American Athletic Conference play on Friday against Temple at FedExPark with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m.