Errors Costly in @MemphisBaseball Loss at Arkansas State
March 25, 2014
JONESBORO, Ark. – Memphis committed four errors leading to four unearned runs and Arkansas State answered the Tigers four-run eighth with a five-run inning to defeat the U of M 10-7 on Tuesday night at Tomlinson Stadium/Kell Field.
Trailing 5-3, the Tigers scored four runs on two hits in the eighth to hold a 7-5 lead. Back-to-back one out walks started the scoring for the Tigers as Jake Little doubled to make it 5-4. A dropped fly ball allowed the tying run to score before Nate Rupiper knocked in two runs with a two-run single.
Arkansas State answered in the bottom half, scoring five runs on four hits and one error to hold the 10-7 lead. A leadoff walk opened the door and a double down the line had two runners in scoring position with one out. A dropped fly ball allowed one run to score and the Red Wolves tied the game with an infield single. A single to left field brought in the go-ahead run and ASU tacked on two more runs to end the damage.
The Tigers (15-9) wasted little time in grabbing an early lead as three-straight singles had the Tigers ahead 1-0. Ethan Gross, Carter White and Little all singled to start it with Little driving in the first run. Little was thrown out at second, stretching the single, but White stood at third with one out. White scored on a sacrifice fly by Tucker Tubbs and the Tigers led 2-0 after the top half of the first.
Memphis’ leadoff man reached again in the second, sparking the Tigers to another tally. Drew Griffin led off with a single and he stole second to stand in scoring position with no outs. Kane Barrow singled to center and Griffin raced around third to score to give Barrow his eighth RBI on the year. Barrow advanced to second on a bunt, but the Tigers stranded him there to end the inning.
Arkansas State (14-10) cut the Tigers lead to 3-2 with an inside the park home run in the third. A one-out walk put a runner on and Austin Baker placed a ball past the diving grab of the Tigers centerfielder and rightfielder to result in the inside the park home run.
The Red Wolves rally continued in the fourth to tie the game at 3-3, but Memphis escaped a jam to end the frame. A leadoff double set the table and a one-out single put runners on the corners. A chopper hit to first was fielded, but the throw to the plate was wide allowing the tying run to score. With runners on second and third with one out, ASU elected to try the squeeze play, but the Tigers got the force out at the plate. A fly out ended the threat for the Red Wolves in the inning with the game tied at 3-3.
ASU scored their fourth unanswered run in the sixth to grab a 4-3 lead over the Tigers. The second leadoff double allowed by the Tigers wound up scoring. After a single and error put runners on second and third with no outs, the U of M went to reliever Trevor Sutton and he struck out the first batter he faced. A sacrifice fly plated the go-ahead run, but Sutton struck out the next batter to end the damage.
Gross, Little and Barrow paced the Tigers offense with two hits while Little and Rupiper had two RBI. ASU out-hit the Tigers 12-9. Reliever Nolan Blackwood (2-3) took the loss allowing three runs, one earned in a third of an inning.
The Tigers continue a nine-game road trip with a three-game series at Houston. The conference series gets underway on Friday at 6:30 p.m. from Cougar Field.