Early Lead Carries @MemphisBaseball to First American Conference Victory
March 22, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis grabbed an early 11-0 advantage and finished with a season-high 13 runs scored to hold off Temple 13-7 on Saturday at FedExPark.
Saturday marked the 3,000th game in program history and the Tigers (15-7, 1-1 American) earned their first American Athletic Conference victory.
Memphis registered six hits in the series opener and managed one run, but six hits in the second inning sparked the Tigers to a six-run inning. Three-straight singles loaded the bases for freshman Zach Schritenthal and the third baseman came up with his first career hit to drive in two runs. The Tigers second bunt single resulted in a third run and a sac bunt had two runners in scoring position with one out. An error allowed the Tigers fourth run to score and a groundout and RBI single finished the six-run inning.
The Tigers added one run in the third off the bat of Schritenthal once again. Nate Rupiper singled for the second time in the game and stole second to stand in scoring position for Scrhtitenthal with one out. Schritenthal laced a single up the middle to score Rupiper and the Tigers held a 7-0 led after Schritenthal's second career hit and third RBI of the day.
Memphis put together it's second big inning of the game with four runs in the sixth, expanding the lead to 11-0. A walk and two hit batters loaded the bases before Tucker Tubbs drove in two runs with his second double on the day. Back-to-back RBI groundouts plated two more runs for the Tigers as Bryce Beeler and Rupiper picked up RBI.
Temple (6-10, 1-1 American) managed two hits off Memphis starter Jon Reed in the first six frames, but four-straight hits in the seventh led to two runs. Reed exited the game with the bases loaded and one out, handing the game over to reliever Jacob Moody. Moody walked in one run, struck out one, but two wild pitches scored two more runs. Conner Porter was summoned from the bullpen for his season debut and he inherited runners on the corners with two outs. Porter forced a popout on the infield to keep the Tigers in front 11-5.
The Tigers got two runs back in the seventh to hold the 13-5 advantage. Darien Tubbs singled with one out and stole second and third to score on a sacrifice fly by Ethan Gross. A two-out error put Zach Willis on second and Willis came around to score on Tucker Tubbs fourth hit of the day.
Temple scored two more in the eighth, but the Tigers closed out the 13-7 victory. Tucker Tubbs led the Tigers at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI. Schritenthal finished 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Darien Tubbs and Nate Rupiper also had two hit games.
Reed finished the afternoon having allowed five runs on six hits in 6.1 innings, with all five runs coming in the seventh. Reed struck out five and walked one as he improved to 3-0 on the season.
Memphis and Temple square off in the series finale on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.