Tigers Comback Falls Short In Series Finale at Tulane
March 24, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Memphis (13-10, 1-2 C-USA) had the potential tying run in scoring position in their final three at-bats, but Tulane (14-12, 2-1 C-USA) held on to defeat the Tigers 3-2 and take the three-game league series at Turchin Stadium, Sunday.
After scoring 16 runs on 17 hits on Saturday, Memphis got on the board in the first without registering a hit. Zach Willis walked to start the inning, but was out at second on a fielder's choice off the bat of Jake Little. Little stole second base and later stole third, but the throw by the Tulane catcher was low allowing Little to give Memphis the 1-0 lead.
Tulane scored a pair of runs in the third to grab a 2-1 lead. Back-to-back one out singles put runners on the corners for the Green Wave. A walk loaded the bases and a sacrifice fly by Sean Potkay tied the game at 1-1. Garrett Cannizaro followed with a RBI single up the middle to make it 2-1 and runners moved to second and third with two outs. Memphis starter Alex Gunn struck out the next hitter to escape further damage.
Carter White got the Tigers in the hit column in the fourth, but the Tiger offense couldn't muster another hit to tie the game. After White singled, Colton Simbeck was walked to put two base runners on with one out in the inning. A fly out and called third strike got Tulane starter David Napoli out of the inning unscathed.
A two-out RBI double gave Tulane a 3-1 advantage in the fifth inning. Brennan Middleton led off the inning with a single, but Gunn got the next two outs without allowing Middleton to advance. Cannizaor registered his second RBI of the day as he placed the double just inside the right field line to allow Middleton to score all the way from first.
The Tigers clawed back to within one run in the seventh, but two strikeouts stranded the potential tying run at third base. Simbeck started the rally with a double to the wall in left-centerfield and he scored on a base hit, error off the bat of Keaton Aldridge. Aldridge singled to second, but the throw was wide allowing the run to score. Aldridge moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, but Tulane reliever Andrew Garner struck out the next two Tigers to escape the jam.
After Little was hit by a pitch to lead off the eighth, Memphis used a sacrifice bunt to move the potential tying run to second with one out. A fly out moved Little 90 feet from scoring, but a line out ended any chance of the Tigers tying the game in the eighth.
Aldridge hit a one-out single in the ninth to left field to get the Tigers steered in the direction of a rally once again. Aldridge attempted to go to second on a pitch in the dirt, but he was thrown out for the second out. Drew Griffin followed with a single, but Tulane closer Ian Gilbaut got a groundout to end the game.
Aldridge led the Tigers offense with two hits on the day, but the U of M was out-hit 8-5 on the game. Gunn took the loss allowing three earned runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings of work.
Memphis opens an 11-game homestand on Tuesday at FedExPark. The Tigers host Middle Tennessee in a two-game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and a first pitch of 4 p.m. on Wednesday for the two-game midweek series.