Jacob Wilson's Three RBI Leads Memphis to Extra-Inning Victory Over UAB
April 16, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Jacob Wilson hit an RBI-double to left field in the top of the 13th inning to drive in two runs and give Memphis a 6-4, 13-inning victory in game one of a Conference USA series at UAB.
Zach Willis led off the 13th for Memphis (20-14, 4-3 C-USA) with a single to left center and Drew Martinez moved him to scoring position with a sac bunt. Chad Zurcher, the nation's leading hitter, stood at the plate next and was intentionally walked to set up the double play. Wilson would bat next and drive the pitch to left field for the game-winning RBI that gave the U of M a 6-4 lead.
Tiger reliever Michael Wills (2-0) earned the victory after pitching two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, struck out one batter and retired the side in order in the bottom of the 13th inning.
Wilson provided the game-tying run in the top of the ninth inning with the Tigers trailing 4-3. Martinez led off the ninth inning with a double down the left field line and Zurcher would advance him to third on a sacrifice bunt. Wilson followed with an RBI-single up the middle to drive in the Martinez and knot the game at 4-4.
Neither team would score from the fourth to ninth innings as each team's starters settled in after allowing a combined seven runs in the first three innings.
The Tigers got on the board in the first, without registering a hit. A leadoff walk to Drew Martinez and a Chad Zurcher hit by pitch put runners on first and second with nobody out. After Jacob Wilson hit a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners, T.J. Rich was walked to load the bases. With the bases juiced and one out, Phillip Chapman drove in the Tigers first run with a groundout to third base.
UAB (20-14, 6-4 C-USA) answered in the bottom of the first with a run. A leadoff walk helped the Blazers start the inning and after a sacrifice bunt advanced Nick Crawford to second, Jamal Austin hit an RBI-single to plate the first run for UAB. The Blazers added another run in the second to take a 2-1 lead off an RBI-double by Ryan Ussery.
Memphis would regain the lead in the third at 3-2 with an RBI-double by Eli Hynes and a RBI-single by Robby Graham plated the two runs for the Tigers. UAB answered with two runs of their own to take a 4-3 in the bottom of the frame off of a RBI-triple by Austin and a sacrifice fly to right field by John Frost.
Tiger starter Dan Langfield worked out of a jam in the bottom of the fifth after back-to-back singles placed runners on the corners with one out. Langfield struck out the next two batters he faced to keep the Blazer lead at 4-3.
Langfield worked seven innings and allowed four runs on nine hits. He walked two and struck out 11 batters. His 11 strikeouts were a season-high for a UAB opponent and it was the second time this season Langfield recorded 10 or more strikeouts.
Tiger reliever Tyler Farley worked the bottom of the eighth for the Tigers. After loading the bases with one out, Farley struck out two-straight batters to send Memphis to the ninth needing just one run to tie the game.
After retiring seven-straight batters, Farley allowed a two-out double to Jacob German, but With two outs and German on second and the game on the line, Farley caught Ryan Ussery looking at a called third strike to leave the potential game-winning run at second base.
Farley once again faced a jam in the bottom of the 11th with runners on first and second and two out. Farley induced a grounder to second by Ryan Nance for the double play and sent the game to the 12th. He finished with four scoreless innings in relief of Langfield and allowed five hits and struck out four.
Wilson led the Tigers with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate and he collected three RBI on the game. Ethan Gross, Martinez and Chapman each collected two hits to pace the Memphis offense.
The 13-inning affair that Memphis played in on Saturday was the longest game since a 13-inning victory over Austin Peay on April 15, 2009.
Memphis will go for the series victory in game two of the day-night doubleheader scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at Young Memorial Field.