No. 10 Bulldogs Downs @UofMBaseball 12-1 at AutoZone Park
April 23, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-Memphis (25-17) fell 12-1 to No. 10 Mississippi State (33-10), on Tuesday, at AutoZone Park. Three runs in the fifth and five runs in the ninth were the difference for the Bulldogs.
In the first inning, the Bulldogs got going with a one-out double down the right field line by Alex Detz. After getting Hunter Renfroe to fly out, the Tigers' Michael Wills gave up a two out single to Brett Pirtle, scoring Detz from second to give Mississippi State a 1-0 lead. Wills then retired Wes Rea on a deep fly to center to get out of the frame.
In the bottom half of the inning, Ethan Gross reached on a one out walk. With two outs and Drew Griffin at the plate, Gross stole second then advanced to third on a throwing error by the Bulldogs. Griffin reached first on a walk, later advancing to second on a stolen base with Keaton Aldridge at the plate. Evan Mitchell walked Aldridge loading the bases with two-outs bringing Colton Simbeck to the plate. Simbeck went down swinging, stranding three for the Tigers with the score 1-0 Bulldogs.
With one out in the top of the fourth, Pirtle reached for the Bulldogs on a single to right field. Wes Rae followed with a single to left, giving Mississippi State runners at first and second. C.T. Bradford dropped in a single to shallow left, loading the bases for the Bulldogs with one out. Demarcus Henderson then laid down a sac-bunt scoring Pritle to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage. Willis got out of the jam on the next batter, forcing Nick Ammirati to ground out to second, stranding two runners for the Bulldogs. In the bottom of the frame, the Tigers were retired in order on a strikeout, fly-out and ground out.
The Bulldogs opened up the scoring in the top of the fifth, beginning with a one out double by Adam Frazier. Willis walked Detz on four-straight pitches forcing Memphis head coach Daron Schoenrock to make a pitching change to right-hander Jon Reed with runners at first and second. Renfroe then cleared the bases on a 327-foot homerun to left, increasing the Bulldog lead to 5-0. Reed was able to force the next batter, Pirtle, to ground out, but then walked Wes Rae. With two on and two out, the Tigers made another pitching change going in favor of right-hander Conner Porter. Porter proceeded to retire Bradford on a deep fly to left to end the half.
With the Bulldogs carrying a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth, Tucker Tubbs singled to left busting up the no-hit effort by the Mississippi State pitching staff. Drew Griffin followed with a single up the middle giving the Tigers runners at first and second. Aldridge then flied out for the second Memphis out. The Tigers got on the board when Colton Simbeck singled up the middle, scoring Tubbs from second for the Tigers only run of the game. Jake Little grounded out to end the Memphis threat stranding two runners, with the Tigers trailing 5-1.
Mississippi State tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh. After reaching on a walk, Renfroe scored from first on a triple by Pirtle to increase the Mississippi State advantage by one. Pritle then scored on a sac-fly giving the Bulldogs a 7-1 lead. Memphis pitcher Clayton Gant followed by retiring the next two batters on a fly out and ground out to get out of the frame. In the bottom of the eighth, Memphis tried to mount a comeback. Tubbs reached on a throwing error by the Bulldogs with one out. Griffin then drew a walk on five pitches putting runners on first and second for the Tigers. After a pitching change by Mississippi State, Aldridge lined-out to Bulldog short stop Adam Frazier, who then doubled-up Tubbs at second to end the Memphis threat.
The Bulldogs added some insurance runs in the top of the ninth. After loading the bases with no outs on a single, double and walk, Memphis pitcher Jacob Moody walked Bradford bringing home the Bulldogs eighth run of the night. Dylan Toscano then came on to pitch for the Tigers. Henderson, the first batter Toscano faced, singled bringing home another Mississippi State run. Ammirati followed with a sac-fly adding to the Bulldog lead. Pinch hitting for the Bulldogs, Trey Porter knocked in two more runs on a single through the right side, giving the Mississippi State five runs in the frame. Blake Myers then came on to pitch for Memphis striking out Sam Frost looking end the Mississippi State offensive onslaught.
In the bottom of the ninth, Simbeck singled to start the last chance for the Tigers. However Mississippi State pitchers retired the next three Tigers in order on a fly out and two strikeouts to end the game.
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