Schoenrock's Complete Game Shutout Backed By Three Home Runs in 16-0 Rout of Tulane
March 23, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Colton Simbeck hit two home runs and collected five RBI and behind Erik Schoenrock's complete-game shutout, Memphis (13-9, 1-1 C-USA) defeated Tulane (13-12, 1-1 C-USA) 16-0 on Saturday at Turchin Stadium.
Both teams squandered opportunities to score first in the game, but Tulane had a bigger opportunity. After Memphis stranded runners on first and second in the top half, Tulane had runners in the same spots with nobody out in the first. Memphis pitcher Erik Schoenrock got a strikeout to get one out on the board then induced an inning-ending double play to escape the jam.
The Tigers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning for the second-consecutive game of the series as Colton Simbeck blasted his first career home run. Austin Hatfield laid down a perfect bunt that rolled all the way to third base bag without going foul to reach with one out and Simbeck drove him in with the two run home run over the left field fence.
Simbeck hammered his second home run in the third inning to help Memphis to a five-run inning. Jake Little started the inning with a ground-rule double and he moved to third on a wild pitch. A sacrifice fly by Bryce Beeler made it 3-0 in favor of Memphis and two errors helped load the bases for Hatfield. A productive groundout resulted for Hatfield as he drove in a run and moved runners to second and third with two outs for Simbeck. Simbeck belted his second home run of the day off the foul pole in left field to drive in three runs and Memphis led 7-0.
Memphis put together another big inning in the fourth with the help of a third home run on the day. Little registered his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot with one out in the inning. Beeler reached on the third Tulane error of the afternoon and stole second before scoring on Tucker Tubbs RBI double off the wall in left-centerfield. Carter White drove in Tubbs with a double to the rightfield corner and the Tigers gained the 10-0 advantage.
Beeler added to the Memphis lead with a RBI single in the fifth. Simbeck was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved to second on an infield single with one out and Beeler came to the plate with runners on first and second and two out. Beeler singled up the middle and Simbeck came around to score giving Memphis an 11-0 lead.
Schoenrock faced little trouble after the first inning jam, but Tulane attempted to get on the board in the fifth by putting two on with one out in the inning. A fly out allowed the runner on second to advance to third, but Schoenrock induced a ground ball to end the inning.
Memphis added five runs in the eighth to set the final score of 16-0. A two out error opened the door for Memphis in the inning and the Tigers pounced with Simbeck and Ethan Gross grabbing RBI singles on the games. Ford Wilson pinch hit with the bases full and he cleared them with a double to right field, setting the final score of 16-0.
Little led the Memphis offense with four hits in five at-bats while Simbeck had three hits. Hatfield, White and Tubbs had two-hit games as Memphis out-hit the Green Wave 17-4 on the afternoon.
Schoenrock completed his afternoon with eight innings pitched due to the 15-run rule in effect on Saturday's. The junior southpaw scattered four hits, struck out five and walked three for his fourth win of the season.
The Tigers and Green Wave square off in the rubber match of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.