Six Tigers With Multiple Hits As Memphis Cruises Past UT Martin 18-4
March 19, 2013
MARTIN, Tenn. – Bryce Beeler had three doubles and five RBI as Memphis (12-8) cruised past UT Martin (7-13) 18-4 at Skyhawk Field on Tuesday. The 18 runs scored are the most by a Conference USA team this season.
The Tigers pounced on the Skyhawks early with seven runs, six with two outs in the inning. Jake Little got the hitting going as he hit a one-out double off the wall in centerfield. Bryce Beeler opened the scoring with an RBI double to left-centerfield. After a strikeout, Memphis scored six runs on RBI by Carter White, Ethan Gross and Zach Willis. An error helped White scored on a Keaton Aldridge single to right-centerfield. Austin Hatfield drove in a pair of runs with a double in the inning for his first career RBI.
With seven runs in the first, the Tigers scored five or more runs in an inning for the second time this season and most runs in an inning since scoring nine versus Southern Miss on May 23 last season. The seven-run first marked the first time the Tigers scored five or more in their first at-bat since a five-run first inning against UAB on May 5, 2012.
Memphis added a run in the second off of Aldridge’s RBI single and two more runs scored in the third to expand the lead to 10-0. In the third, Gross doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch. Willis came up with his second RBI of the day with a single and he later scored on Beeler’s second RBI double.
Tigers starter Michael Wills allowed a one-out double in the second, but stranded the runner there. In the fourth, UT Martin put runners on the corners with two outs, but Wills used a groundout to escape the damage.
The Skyhawks managed to get on the board in the fifth with a sacrifice fly by Byron Johann. Back-to-back singles put runners on the corners to start the inning and a one out walk loaded the bases for Johann. On a 2-0 pitch, Johann lifted a fly ball down the right field line and the fly out was deep enough to allow Sonny Mastromatteo to score, setting the score at 10-1. Wills day was done after allowing one run on five hits in five innings of work.
UT Martin added a pair of runs with two outs in the sixth to cut the Memphis lead to 10-3. A hit batter and single put the first two men on to start the inning. Following a strikeout, a fielder’s choice put runners on the corners with two outs. A wild pitch allowed one run to score and a two-out RBI single brought in another but reliever Dylan Toscano stranded runners on second and third to end the frame.
The Tigers added five runs in the seventh to increase the lead to 15-3. A bases loaded walk plated the first run in the inning, but Beeler’s third double of the day brought in three more runs. With the double, Beeler became first Tiger with three doubles in a game since Jacob Wilson had three against Evansville on February 19, 2011. Drew Griffin ripped a RBI single to left field to score Beeler, but Griffin was caught in a rundown to end the frame.
Beeler paced the Tigers with three hits, all doubles, and five RBI. Willis and Simbeck each had a pair of hits with Willis driving in a pair of runs. Griffin entered the game in the fourth and finished with a pair of hits and three RBI. Memphis collected a season-high 17 hits, the most hits since the Tigers had 23 at Houston on May 17, 2012.
The Tigers open C-USA play on Friday at Tulane. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Turchin Stadium.