Walk-Off Single Downs @UofMBaseball in Series Finale at UAB
April 13, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Memphis (22-14, 7-5 C-USA) pounded out 18 hits, but UAB (16-20, 3-6 C-USA) hit a walk-off single in the ninth to defeat the Tigers 9-8 in game two of the doubleheader at Young Memorial Field on Saturday.
UAB took their first lead in the three-game series in the first inning. Chase Davis doubled off the third base bag to get it going with one out in the frame. After a groundout moved the runner to third, Ivan De Jesus was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. De Jesus took off for second and Davis scampered home as the Blazers executed the double steal to take a 1-0 lead. A walk put runners on first and second with one out, but Memphis starter Alex Gunn escaped further damage, stranding the runners via a strikeout.
Memphis answered with a run in the second to tie the game at 1-1. Drew Griffin singled up the middle with one out to spark the rally and a two out walk put runners on first and second. Jake Little delivered a RBI single to left-centerfield to drive in Griffin, but the Tigers stranded runners on first and third to end the frame. Two out runs were a key in the series and it was no different in the fourth as the Tigers scored four runs with two outs to grab a 5-1 lead. Griffin started the inning with a double and scored on a triple off the bat of Little. Zach Willis hit a RBI single to score Little and Willis scored from first on a double by Ethan Gross. Tubbs drove in the fourth run with a single through the left side to cap the scoring in the fourth.
UAB put two runs on the board in the fifth to cut the Tigers lead to 5-3. Ryan Prinzing doubled to left field with one out in the frame and moved to third on a single by Davis. With the throw coming in from left to the plate, Davis advanced to second to put runners on second and third with one out. John Frost followed with a double to right to plate both runs, but Frost attempted to stretch the double to a triple, but he was thrown out at third on the 9-6-5 relay throw.
The Tigers attempted to add on to the lead in the sixth, but UAB escaped a jam stranding runners on second and third to end the frame. The Blazers capitalized on the momentum and responded with four two-out runs of their own to take a 7-5 lead. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Prinzing and he cleared the bases with a double to left. Frost drove in the fourth of the inning with a single to give UAB the 7-5 advantage.
Memphis answered again, plating two runs in the seventh to tie the game at 7-7. Griffin started the rally with his second double of the game and Simbeck followed with a walk to put two on with no outs. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners to scoring position and Little delivered his third RBI of the game with a single to right field. Willis followed with a RBI of his own to tie the game. With runners on first and second and one out, Memphis attempted a double steal, but the lead runner was out a third for the second out.
The Blazers regained the lead in the bottom of the inning. Like the Tigers, UAB used a leadoff double to get the inning started as Griffin Gum doubled down the leftfield line. After two quick outs, the Blazers sent pinch-hitter Tanner Bryant to the plate and he delivered a two-out RBI single to right to give UAB the lead. UAB loaded the bases later in the inning, but reliever Clayton Gant induced a grounder to leave the bases full going to the eighth.
Memphis put the potential go-ahead run on second base with two outs in the top of the ninth, but a dirt ball read was foiled as the runner was thrown out at third to end the top of the ninth. A leadoff single by Tyler Mims got the Blazers going in the ninth. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second but a lineout put two outs on the board. Wes Kent worked a two out walk to put two runners on with two outs and Prinzing delivered the game-winning single to right-center to seal the 9-8 win.
Tubbs, Willis and Little led Memphis with three hits on the night while Gross and White had two hits each. Memphis out-hit the Blazers 18-15 on the game.
The Tigers host Ole Miss on Monday at AutoZone Park. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.