No. 14 Vanderbilt Slips Past @MemphisBaseball 2-1
April 22, 2014
JACKSON, Tenn. - Back-to-back two-out, two-strike doubles were the difference on Tuesday as No. 14 Vanderbilt scored two runs in the eighth to slip past Memphis 2-1 at the Ballpark at Jackson.
Memphis (22-20) starter Dylan Toscano (3-3) cruised through the first seven innings of the game, allowing no runs on four hits while striking out a career-high eight batters. The only real trouble Toscano faced came in the sixth inning when Vanderbilt left two runners stranded in scoring position. Toscano took the loss although he tossed a quality start allowing two runs on six hits in a career-best 7.2 innings of work.
Vanderbilt (30-12) grabbed the 2-1 lead in the eighth, with two out hitting sparking the scoring. A leadoff single, the first leadoff man to reach, set the table and the tying run advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. After a grounder to second put two outs on the board, the Tigers were one strike away from preserving the shutout. Vanderbilt used back-to-back two-out, two-strike doubles to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs to chase Toscano from his brilliant outing.
The Tigers used a leadoff single in the ninth to attempt a rally, but Kane Barrow was stranded on second to end the game. With his single, Barrow extended his on-base streak to 14 games.
A bunt single to leadoff the fourth inning set the table for the Tigers. Little moved to scoring position on a wild pitch and scored on a RBI single by Carter White. The Tigers attempted to cushion the lead, but left runners stranded on second and third to end the frame.
Six different players tallied hits for the Tigers, but the Commodores out-hit the U of M 7-6. Walker Buehler (8-1) went the distance, allowing one run on six hits while striking out 10.
Memphis returns to conference play with a three-game series at USF. The series gets underway Friday at 6 p.m. (CT) in Tampa, Fla.