@MemphisBaseball Slugs Past Alcorn State to Complete Sweep
April 20, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis trailed 3-0 coming to bat in the third, but the Tigers offense came alive for 13 runs to finish off a sweep of Alcorn State with a 13-3 win on Sunday at FedExPark.
Alcorn State collected three hits in the first inning and scored two runs and added another in the third to hold an early 3-0 lead. The Tigers used a two-run infield single by Kane Barrow to cut the deficit to 3-2 after three innings. Barrow hit a sharp liner to second that was stabbed at, but both runners were running on contact allowing each to score on the infield hit.
Three errors by the Braves in the fourth lead to two runs for the Tigers and a 4-3 Memphis lead. Carter White reached on an error to start the frame, stole second and moved to third on the errant throw. A squeeze bunt by Zach Schritenthal scored White from third and tied the game at 3-3. The third error in the inning put Darien Tubbs on and a walk to Zach Willis loaded the bases. Willis won the foot race to second on a fielder's choice allowing Schritenthal to score the go-ahead run, but Tubbs was caught in a rundown to end the frame.
Memphis tacked on three runs in the fifth to take a commanding 7-3 lead. Tucker Tubbs doubled with one out and came around to score on a RBI single by Chris Carrier. On a hit and run, Carrier advanced to third on a single to centerfield by Schritenthal and each scored on a RBI triple by Darien Tubbs.
Six runs in the sixth inning capped the scoring for the Tigers as the U of M sent 11 batters to the plate. Carter White drove in the first tally with a single up the middle and he and Tucker Tubbs scored on wild pitches. Schritenthal picked up another RBI to make it 11-3. Zach Willis set the final score with a two-run double that made it 13-3.
Ethan Gross led the Tigers with three hits on the game while Carrier, Schritenthal and Darien Tubbs had two-hit games. Darien Tubbs, Schritenthal, Willis and Barrow each had two RBI in the game as the Tigers drove in nine runs with two hits.
Starter Colin Lee (2-4) picked up the win as he allowed three runs on nine hits over five innings pitched with a career high five strikeouts. The Tigers have won three-straight games for the first time since finishing off a sweep of SEMO (March 1) and defeated Ole Miss on March 5.
The Tigers battle Vanderbilt at the Ballpark of Jackson on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. as the two teams meet for the first time since 2008.