Five @UofMBaseball Pitchers Combine On Three-Hit Shutout of UAPB
April 10, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Five Memphis (20-13) pitchers combined to allow only three hits in a 5-0 shutout of UAPB (10-21) and the Tigers captured their sixth-straight win Wednesday at FedExPark.
Making his first career start and the first right-hander to start this season, Dylan Toscano worked a quick three up, three down inning to give the Memphis offense a chance to give him a lead. The Tigers did just that as Zach Willis laced a triple to left-centerfield to lead off the bottom of the first. Ethan Gross did his job by hitting a ball to the right side of the infield to allow Willis to score, giving Memphis a 1-0 lead.
Back-to-back singles by Carter White and Tucker Tubbs sparked a three-run fourth inning for the Tigers. With one out in the inning and two runners on, Tubbs got a little too far off of first before a bunt attempt, but interference during the run down rewarded Tubbs second base. Drew Griffin singled to left to drive in two runs and the Tigers lead 4-0. Griffin was caught leaning to second and the UAPB pitcher threw the pickoff to first, but the shortstop dropped the ball on the relay throw from first allowing Griffin second base. Two wild pitches allowed Griffin to score and Memphis carried a 4-0 lead to the fifth.
Toscano allowed one hit over four innings, a one-out single in the second, and struck out one while walking none. Freshman Colin Lee was called upon in the fifth and retired the side in order. After Carter White drove in a run with a RBI single in the bottom of the fifth, Lee was forced to work out of a jam in the sixth. The freshman allowed a two out single and a wild pitch moved the runner to scoring position. Lee induced a grounder to second to end the threat, stranding the runner at second.
After Lee's two shutout innings in which he allowed one hit, Jon Reed and Conner Porter pitched one inning each without allowing a hit. Heith Hatfield pitched the ninth and allowed one hit and a walk, but two strikeouts ended the game.
Tubbs paced the Memphis offense with three hits while Willis and White had two hit games. Memphis out-hit the Lions 10-3 on the night.
Memphis travels to UAB for a three-game Conference USA series beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m.