Offensive Barrage Carries East Carolina Past Memphis 14-7
April 15, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn.- East Carolina (25-10-1, 8-3-1) banged out 17 hits, including six extra-base hits, in a 14-7 series clinching victory over Memphis (16-20, 6-6) on Sunday at FedExPark.
Three walks quickly gave East Carolina a chance to open up a big lead, but the Tigers escaped the first frame trailing only 1-0. The three walks set up John Wooten with bases loaded situation and he flied out to center for the sac fly RBI. A strikeout of Jay Cannon got the Tigers an out away from getting out of the jam and Chase Joinerfielded a high to end the inning.
Memphis ripped two home runs in Saturday's win and the Tigers used a two-run shot in the second to gain a 2-1 lead. Jacob Wilson was walked with one out in the inning and T.J. Richjumped on the first pitch he saw for the two-run blast to centerfield. The two RBI were the first this season for Rich in C-USA play after the 2011 All-C-USA selection drove in 24 a year ago in league play.
The Pirates gained the lead in the fourth as Zach Wright doubled off the left field wall and scored on an RBI single by Jack Reinheimer. With two outs, Reinheimer stole second and scored on a two-out RBI single by Tim Younger. Back-to-back doubles in the fifth increased the ECU lead to 4-2 and a two-run homer by Wright gave the Pirates a four-run lead.
East Carolina continued the offensive barrage as the Pirates sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs on six hits to open up a 12-2 lead. Two RBI singles, a three-run homer and a sacrifice fly accounted for the six runs. Memphis used four different pitchers in the inning and Dylan Toscanorecorded all three outs in the inning.
The Tigers responded with three runs in the sixth to cut the Pirates lead to 12-5. Ford Wilson singled to lead it off and Eli Hynes was hit by a pitch. Jacob Wilson followed with a one-out double down the left field line to plate one run and a two-out single by Derrick Thomasdrove in two more runs.
ECU crossed a run in the top of the seventh to take a 13-5 lead. Cannon doubled to left-centerfield on a hit-and-run and Corey Thompson scored after reaching on a walk. Memphis used a two-out RBI single by Adam McClainto score two runs and cut the Pirates advantage to six. A bases loaded walk plated the final tally in the game for East Carolina.
Joiner (2-4) was tagged with the loss as he allowed six runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings pitched. Jharel Cotton (6-0) picked up the win as he allowed five runs on six hits in six innings of work. Tanner Merritt pitched the final three innings and earned his seventh save although he allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits.
Ford Wilson, Jacob Wilson and Keaton Aldridge and Derrick Thomasall collected two hits in the game for Memphis. Thomas and Rich each had two RBI for the Tigers. Three players had three or more hits for East Carolina as the Pirates out-hit Memphis 17-10.
Memphis plays six of the next seven games on the road as the Tigers travel to Murray State for a midweek tilt on Wednesday at 3 p.m.