@MemphisBaseball Early Lead Lost in 5-3 Setback at USF
April 26, 2014
TAMPA - Memphis grabbed an early 3-0 lead, but left five runners stranded in scoring position and USF scored five unanswered runs to defeat the Tigers 5-3 on Saturday at USF Baseball Stadium.
Memphis (22-22, 4-10 American) entered Saturday's game having seen two complete-game efforts hold the Tigers to one run in each game. The Tigers started strong and scored two runs, but left the bases loaded to end the frame. Zach Willis led off the game with a hard-hit single and came around to score to give Memphis a 1-0 lead. Carter White made it 2-0 with a RBI double to the right-centerfield gap, but Memphis couldn't cash in with the bases loaded and two outs. The Tigers two first inning tallies were their first since April 6 at Louisville.
The Tigers tacked on a run in the third to hold a 3-0 lead. A leadoff single by Jake Little got the inning off to a good start. Little swiped second before a walk put two on with no outs. White used a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners and Tucker Tubbs drove in Little with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0. Barrow walked to extend his on-base streak to 16 games, but he was stranded on third to end the frame.
Memphis put runners on the corners with one out in the fifth, but a runner caught stealing and strikeout stranded the Tigers fourth runner in scoring position. USF answered with three runs, one earned, in the bottom half to knot the game at 3-3. A leadoff walk and error put two on with no outs and a sacrifice bunt put two runners in scoring position. A RBI single to centerfield brought in the first tally and a squeeze bunt made it 3-2. A bases loaded sacrifice fly tied the game, but Memphis was able to escape further trouble.
The Tigers got a leadoff single from Darien Tubbs in the seventh, but the U of M stranded him on third. USF got a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning and used a sacrifice bunt to move the runner to scoring position. A two-out single drove in the go-ahead run and a two-out double added the insurance run to give USF a 5-3 lead.
Jon Reed (5-2) was saddled with the loss as he allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. Little and Barrow led the Memphis offense with two hits, but the Tigers were out-hit 10-9 in the game.
For the first time this season, Memphis will look to salvage a game in a three-game series. The series finale is slated for 10:30 AM (CT) at USF Baseball Stadium.