@MemphisBaseball Falls in Babe Howard Classic 5-3
April 9, 2014
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Memphis erased a two-run deficit with a three-run seventh, but Austin Peay scored twice in the eighth and once in the ninth to take the Babe Howard Classic 5-3 on Wednesday at USA Stadium.
After collecting three hits in the first six frames, the Tigers bats awakened for a four-hit inning in the seventh. Back-to-back singles by Kane Barrow and Bryce Beeler got things set the table for the Tigers. A sacrifice bunt by Drew Griffin advanced the runners, but the throw to first pulled the first baseman off the bag to load the bases. Keaton Aldridge singled to right field to drive in the first tally and a Darien Tubbs single to right brought in the tying run. Ethan Gross beat out a throw to first on a potential double play to drive in the go-ahead run, but the Tigers left two runners stranded in the frame.
The Govs answered in the eighth, scoring two runs on a pair of hits to hold a 4-3 lead. A leadoff double and a 3-0 count to the next batter forced Memphis starter Dylan Toscano out of the game. A sacrifice bunt advanced the runners, but reliever Nolan Blackwood struck out the next hitter. The Govs took the lead on a two-out, two-run single before Blackwood induced a groundout to end the frame.
The Tigers attempted to rally in the eighth, but Austin Peay escaped the jam by stranding runners at first and second. Tucker Tubbs led off the frame with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Beeler was walked to put two on with one out, but a strikeout and groundout ended the threat. Two walks put the potential tying run on base in the ninth, but the Tigers couldn’t scratch across a run.
Austin Peay scratched across two runs in the sixth to hold the 2-0 advantage. Back-to-back one-out singles got the Governors started. A double steal was executed, but a throw to get the trail runner at second sailed to centerfield allowing one run to score. A hit batter put runners on the corners and a groundout to first drove in the second tally before Toscano escaped further trouble.
Toscano was the tough-luck losing pitcher as he was charged with four runs, three earned, on five hits over seven innings pitched. Toscano struck out four and walked two as he fell to 3-2 on the season. Offensively, Tucker Tubbs and Little paced the club with two hits apiece. The Tigers out-hit the Govs 8-7 in the game, but three errors plagued the U of M.
Memphis returns to FedExPark for the first time since March 23 to host a conference series against UCF this weekend. First pitch in the series is set for Friday at 6:30 p.m.