Arkansas State Edges @MemphisBaseball 6-4
April 15, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis held a 4-2 lead after five innings, but Arkansas State scored four runs late to edge the Tigers 6-4 on Tuesday at FedExPark.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead, but Memphis scored the runs without the benefit of a hit. A hit batter and two walks loaded the bases before a shallow fly to centerfield put one out on the board. Darien Tubbs was issued a walk to plate the first run and a RBI groundout by Zach Schritenthal made it 2-0. Memphis ended the frame with runners stranded at second and third via a strikeout.
Arkansas State scored two runs in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2. The Red Wolves did all the damage with one out, via two singles, a double and a squeeze bunt. Starter Dylan Toscano stranded the potential go-ahead runner at second to end the fourth with his fourth strikeout of the night.
Memphis answered back with two runs in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. A leadoff walk to Bryce Beeler set the table, but it was three-straight two-out singles that did the damage. Darien Tubbs got the first hit of the game to break a streak of 9.2 innings without a hit for the U of M. A single by Schritenthal loaded the bases and Zach Willis drove in two runs with a single to left-centerfield.
The Red Wolves scratched across one run in the sixth, but reliever Trevor Sutton did his job to keep it a one-run game. The leadoff man reached on a dropped third strike via the wild pitch and the runner came around to score on the fourth infield single of the night by ASU. Sutton inherited runners on first and second with two out, but a strikeout ended the threat.
A hit batter came back to hurt the Tigers in the seventh. The batter was hit with one away and the runner took off on a hit and run before a groundout to second put two outs on the board. A single to centerfield drove in the tying run, but Memphis dodged further trouble.
Four free bases resulted in two costly runs against the Tigers pitching staff in the eighth as Arkansas State took their first lead of the game at 6-4. With one out, the Red Wolves used a hit batter and a walk to put two on. A single loaded the bases and the second hit batter in the inning plated the go-ahead run. After a strikeout, the second issued walk plated an insurance run giving the Red Wolves the two-run lead.
Toscano pitched 5.2 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits in the no decision. Reliever Nolan Blackwood (2-4) was tagged with the loss, allowing two runs on one hit in one-third inning pitched. Memphis was out-hit in the game 11-5 and led by Willis offensively who had one hit and two RBI.
Memphis opens a three-game non-conference series against Alcorn State on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at FedExPark. The three-game series serves as the Tigers non-league weekend during the conference schedule.