Errors Loom Large in @MemphisBaseball Loss at Houston
March 30, 2014
HOUSTON – Three Memphis errors led to three unearned runs and Houston defeated the Tigers 6-2 on Sunday at Cougar Field.
The Cougars used three infield singles and a Tiger error to grab a 2-0 lead in the first. The leadoff man reached on an infield single and catcher’s interference put two on with no outs. A double steal advanced the runners and a sacrifice fly brought in the go-ahead run. The second infield single in the inning brought home the second tally, but the Tigers escaped the inning stranding runners on second and third.
Memphis tied the game in the sixth with a blast by Tucker Tubbs. Jake Little led off with the inning with a single, his second hit of the game, to set the table for Tucker Tubbs. After taking ball one, Tubbs belted a two-run home run down the leftfield line to knot the game at 2-2. Nate Rupiper reached on a bunt single, but a double play erased him and ended the inning.
After the Tigers stranded a runner at third to end the top half of the seventh, Houston took advantage of a Memphis error to take a 3-2 lead. The leadoff man was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a passed ball. The Cougars laid down the sacrifice bunt, but the throw from third was errant allowing the run to score. Houston loaded the bases with one out, but Memphis escaped the jam.
Houston tacked on three runs in the eighth to hold the 6-2 advantage. After the leadoff man was retired, Houston used two singles and a wild pitch to make it 4-2. After a strikeout, an error allowed another run to score before a RBI single scored the final run. The Tigers escaped the inning throwing behind the trail runner at second for the out.
Little led the Tigers offense with two hits on the day while Tucker Tubbs drove in both runs. Colin Lee (1-3) was saddled with the loss as he allowed three runs, one earned, on four hits over six innings.
Memphis continues the nine-game road trip with a pair of midweek games at Middle Tennessee. The midweek series begins Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Murfreesboro, Tenn.