Louisville Rallies Past @MemphisBaseball 8-7
April 6, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville rallied for six runs over the final two frames to push the game to extra innings and used a walk-off single in the 12th to down Memphis 8-7 on Sunday at Patterson Stadium.
Memphis starter Colin Lee cruised through 7.2 innings, but two, two-out singles scored two runs in the eighth as Louisville began the rally. In the ninth, the Cardinals did more two out damage, scoring three of their four runs in the ninth with two outs. The Tigers were able to send the game to extras, but Louisville used a leadoff hit batter, wild pitch and sacrifice bunt to push the potential winning run to third. With the infield drawn in, the Cardinals slapped a single up the middle to clinch the victory.
The Tigers were issued back-to-back walks to start the game and used a sacrifice bunt and RBI groundout by Kane Barrow to grab a 1-0 lead. Louisville answered with a run as a leadoff single, sacrifice bunt, steal of third and errant throw brought in the run. The Cardinals hit two singles with two outs in the frame, but Memphis escaped with the game knotted at 1-1.
Memphis took advantage of free bases in the third to grab a 3-1 lead. Three singles had the bases loaded with one out for the Tigers, but Louisville couldn't get out of trouble. Carter White was hit by a pitch to pick up a RBI to make it 2-1 and Tucker Tubbs worked a bases loaded walk to make it 3-1. The Cardinals used a strikeout and lineout to end the frame, but not before Memphis took the lead.
The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the fourth behind two out RBI singles. Memphis had five hits in the inning with two-out singles by Barrow and White plating the two runs. Two more runs were tacked on in the seventh as the Tigers expanded the lead to 7-1. After a leadoff walk and sacrifice bunt, the Tigers used three-straight singles to plate two runs. Tucker Tubbs and Drew Griffin plated the runs with RBI singles and Griffin's single made him the ninth Tiger to record a hit in the game.
Louisville scratched across two runs in the eighth, but Memphis maintained a lead of 7-3. Two, two-out singles brought in the runs for the Cardinals and forced the Tigers into the bullpen. Reliever Conner Porter did the job, striking out the first batter he faced.
The Cardinals loaded the bases in the ninth with one out and pushed across a run with a groundout to first to cut the Tigers lead to 7-4. A two-out single scored two more and put the tying run at first base and the Tigers lead at 7-6.
Lee took a no decision although he allowed just three runs on 12 hits in 7.2 innings. Zach Willis, Ethan Gross, Bryce Beeler and Barrow paced the Memphis offense with two hits each, but the Tigers were out-hit 16-12.
The Tigers return to the Bluff City for a busy week. Memphis plays host to Ole Miss at AutoZone Park on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. before travelling to Millington to take on Austin Peay on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at USA Stadium.