Tigers Walk 12 Times and Cruise to 13-5 Victory at Middle Tennessee
March 28, 2012
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Memphis (11-14) walked 12 times and scored eight runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 13-5 victory over Middle Tennessee (15-11) on Wednesday at Reese Smith Jr. Field.
Memphis scored four runs in the first inning with the help of two walks, a hit batter, an error and a triple. A walk and errant throw allowed the Tigers to put runners on the corners and a walk loaded the bases. Tucker Tubbs hit a sacrifice fly to plate the first run of the day and a bases loaded walk put Memphis ahead 2-0. Ford Wilson drove in two runs with a triple down the right field line and Memphis gained the 4-0 lead.
Middle Tennessee scored one run on a double by Trent Miller, but an inning-ending double play stranded two runners in scoring position. The Tigers benefited from three walks in the second and Eli Hynes belted a grand slam down the right field line to increase the lead to 8-1. Hynes grand slam was the first for the Tigers since February 27, 2011 at Kennesaw State.
The Tigers added five runs in the fifth as walks once again keyed the scoring. Ethan Gross walked with the bases loaded and Bryce Beeler laced a double down the left field line to clear the bases to give Memphis a 12-1 lead. Jacob Wilson singled to left field and plated the Tigers 13th tally of the day, but was thrown out at second trying to stretch the single to a double.
Middle Tennessee scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth, all with two outs in the inning. A hit batter, and single put two runners on for Johnny Thomas and he hit a three-run homer to right field to drive in three. The Blue Raiders added a tally in the sixth to cut the lead to 13-5 after two walks put a runner in position to score on a groundout.
Jacob Wilson and Carter White paced the Tiger offense with two hits each in the game. The Tigers and Blue Raiders both had eight hits in the game, but 12 walks helped Memphis to 13 runs. Starter Erik Schoenrock (1-1) picked up the win as he pitched three innings and allowed one run on two hits.
The Tigers return to FedExPark for a three-game series with Conference USA foe Tulane. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday.