Temple Holds Off @MemphisBaseball, 4-3
March 23, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis scored two runs in the ninth, but Temple held off the Tigers rally to defeat the U of M 4-3 in the series finale at FedExPark.
Two Memphis (15-8, 1-2 American) errors in the first three frames led to two unearned runs for Temple (7-10, 2-1 American) and the Owls grabbed an early 3-0 lead. In the first, a walk and error put two runners on for Temple and a double brought in both runners. Temple had a base runner standing on second after a dropped fly ball in the third and he came around to score on a RBI single.
The Tigers scratched across a run in the fourth via a wild pitch, but the final out was made at third to end the inning. Back-to-back two out singles put runners on the corners and a wild pitch allowed one run to score. Drew Griffin was the runner on first and saw third base was vacant after the wild pitch and tried to advance, but the first baseman backed up the throw to the plate and spun quickly to third for the put out to end the frame.
Temple had runners on second and third with one out in the seventh, but the Tigers managed to keep the deficit at 3-1. Bryce Beeler came out of the bullpen with a 2-2 count on the hitter and earned a called third strike for the second out. Beeler then induced a ground ball for the third out to give the Tigers a chance. Memphis put a runner on first with one out after a single, but a double play ended the inning.
The Owls increased the lead to 4-1 in the eight after a two-out single knocked in a run, but Memphis threatened to shrink the deficit. The Tigers used two singles and a walk to have the bases loaded with two out, but Temple induced a groundout to keep the lead at 4-1.
The Tigers attempt to rally started when Zach Willis took a leadoff walk. After a strikeout, Zach Schritenthal singled to put two on with one out. Pinch-hitter Chris Carrier singled to left-centerfield and drove in one run and Ethan Gross picked up a RBI on a fielder’s choice groundout. Temple closed out the victory with the potential tying run stranded on first.
Kane Barrow led the Tigers offense with two hits in three at-bats. The Tigers outhit Temple 8-6 in the game. Colin Lee (1-2) took the loss, but allowed just one earned run over five innings on three hits while striking out three.
Memphis begins a nine-game road trip on Tuesday at Arkansas State. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. in Jonesboro, Ark.