Barrow's Three-Hit Night Leads @MemphisBaseball Past Alcorn State
April 18, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Kane Barrow was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored to help Memphis past Alcorn State 8-1 on Friday at FedExPark.
The Tigers grabbed a commanding 5-0 lead in the second, but Alcorn State committed two errors in the inning to aid the effort by the Tigers. Barrow singled and the next batter was hit by a pitch. Tucker Tubbs laid down a sacrifice bunt, but the throw to first was misplayed allowing two runs to score and Tubbs to stand on third without an out. Bryce Beeler made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly, but the damage was not completed.
Zach Schritenthal singled, moved to second after a sacrifice bunt and scored on an error. A passed ball brought in the fifth tally of the inning, capping the biggest inning for the Tigers since scoring five runs in the fourth inning at Middle Tennessee on April 2.
Alcorn State scratched across a run in the third, but the Tigers answered with a run of their own to hold a 6-1 lead. Barrow led off the inning with his second hit of the night and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. A two-out error brought Borrow in from second and gave the U of M the 6-1 lead.
Memphis added two runs in the fourth to hold the 8-1 advantage. Darien Tubbs reached on an infield single and Ethan Gross followed with a one-out single to put two on with one away. A double steal advanced the runners and Barrow came through with his third hit to drive in both runs.
Starter Caleb Wallingford (5-2) earned the win as he allowed one run on three hits in six innings of work. The junior southpaw struck out four and improved his season ERA to 1.14. Freshman reliever Trevor Sutton picked up his first career save, allowing no hits in three innings of relief. Sutton struck out two, walked one and hit two batters.
Barrow paced the Memphis offense with his three hits with Gross and Schritenthal adding two hits apiece. Memphis out-hit the Braves 11-3. With his three hits, Barrow now has 10 multi-hit games including four games with three hits.
The Tigers and Alcorn State meet for game two of the series on Saturday at 2 p.m.