@MemphisBaseball Hits Three Home Runs But Edged By UCF 9-8
April 12, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis hit three home runs and banged out 14 hits, but UCF edged the Tigers 9-8 on Saturday at FedExPark.
UCF grabbed the early lead with a pair of runs in the second inning. A leadoff single was followed by a stolen base and an errant throw to put a runner on third with no outs. A suicide squeeze scored the run from third and the batter reached on the fielder's choice. A groundout moved the runner to second and a double down the leftfield line brought in the second tally with two outs in the frame.
The Tigers used a big three-run blast by Jake Little to grab a 3-2 lead in the third. A leadoff double by Drew Griffin set the table for the Tigers and Ethan Gross worked a one-out walk to put two on with one out. Little stepped to the plate and smoked the three-run home run blast over the leftfield fence for his third big fly of the season.
The Knights put together four-straight hits together to start the fifth and put up three runs in the inning to hold a 5-3 advantage. Four singles scored the first two runs before a sacrifice fly brought in the third tally of the inning. UCF had a chance to open the game up more, but the Tigers stranded runners on first and second to end the inning.
Little hit his second home run of the game, a two-out solo home run, to cut the deficit to 5-4. The Knights responded with two runs in the sixth, all with two outs. Three-straight singles brought in the runs for UCF as they held a 7-4 lead.
The Tigers answered with two runs, but left the bases loaded to end the frame trailing 7-6. A one-out infield single by Kane Barrow set the table, but it was an error in rightfield after a Carter White single that drove in the first tally. Keaton Aldridge made the deficit 7-6 with a RBI single and the Tigers used a third hit in the inning and a walk to load the bases with one out. The Tigers struck out twice to end the frame, leaving the bases loaded.
Memphis knotted the game at 7-7 in the eighth, but the Tigers once again came up short of taking a lead. Aldridge started the frame with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. A UCF error allowed Aldridge to score, but the Tigers left runners on first and second to end the inning by striking out to end the frame.
UCF grabbed the two-run advantage in the ninth and it all started with a leadoff walk. After a sacrifice bunt, the Knights pushed in the go-ahead run with a RBI single. After a stolen base, the Tigers issued a second walk in the inning put two on with one out. A deep fly ball to right put runners on the corners and a two-out single tacked on an insurance run.
Barrow hit a one-out, solo home run in the ninth, but the Tigers couldn't drive in a tying run. Aldridge picked up his third hit of the day with two outs in the frame, but a strikeout sealed the victory for UCF and evened the series.
The Tigers tied a season-high with 14 hits in the game led by three hits from Little and Aldridge. Darien Tubbs and Barrow also had multi-hit games picking up two hits apiece. Reliever Blake Myers (0-1) was saddled with the loss as he allowed a leadoff walk in the ninth to the only batter he faced. Tigers starter Jon Reed allowed five runs, four earned, in 4.1 innings on nine hits in the no decision.
Memphis and UCF will decide the series on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.