Big Innings Lift Memphis Over Marshall, 9-4
April 6, 2012
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Memphis (13-17, 3-4) produced two big innings and topped Marshall (11-17, 1-3) 9-4 in game one of the Conference USA series at Appalachian Power Park on Friday.
Two-out RBI situations had been a struggle for the Tigers coming into Friday's game, but Memphis converted its first opportunity of the night into the first run of the game. T.J. Rich singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch setting up the situation for Carter White. White delivered with a double to the alley in right field to give Memphis the 1-0 lead.
The Tiger offense opened a 6-0 lead in the fourth with the help of three batters reaching on bunts. Eli Hynes provided an RBI single to score Adam McClain after McClain walked, stole second and moved to third on an errant throw. Jacob Wilsonblasted his seventh homer of the season and the Tigers gained a 4-0 lead. Memphis laid down bunts with three-straight batters to plate two more runs and a Marshall error helped plate a run.
Marshall used a leadoff triple by Gray Stafford in the sixth to get a run on the board. Stafford scored on a RBI groundout by Alfredo Brito to make the score 6-1. The Herd scored two runs in the seventh to cut the Tigers lead to 6-3, but Marshall grounded into an inning-ending double play to strand a runner on third. A hit batter and double by Isaac Ballou put runners on second and third with one out and a dropped third strike and errant throw to first allowed the two runs to score.
Memphis collected its second big inning on the night as the offense produced three runs in the ninth to regain the six-run advantage at 9-3. The Tigers plated the first run of the inning with the help of a passed ball and Jacob Wilsonlater singled through the left side to score two more runs.
Rich paced the Memphis offense with three hits, his second-straight game with three hits. Jacob Wilson and Gross added two hits and Memphis out-hit the Herd 11-7 on the game. Aaron Blair (1-5) was saddled with the loss after allowing six runs on eight hits in seven innings of work. Jonathan Van Eatonearned his second save of the season as he allowed one run on two hits in two-and-a-third innings in relief.
Memphis starter Dan Langfield(5-3) pitched six-and-a-third inning and allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits. Langfield struck out nine and became the sixth pitcher in program history to strikeout 200 or more batters as he now has 203 on his career.
The Tigers go for the series win on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. (CT).