Six-Run Inning and Five Double Plays Help @MemphisBaseball Past USF
April 27, 2014
TAMPA - A six-run sixth inning was enough as Memphis defeated USF 7-5 in the series finale at USF Baseball Stadium on Sunday.
The Tigers were out-hit 17-11 on the game, but five double plays by the U of M defense helped stave off trouble by the Bulls.
Darien Tubbs was moved to the leadoff spot for the first time since April 13 and the move paid off in the first inning. Tubbs reached on an infield single, stole second and moved to third on a groundout. Jake Little hit a sacrifice fly to shallow centerfield, but Tubbs scampered home to give Memphis a 1-0 lead.
USF put together a big inning in the third to take a 3-1 lead. After two double plays erased threats in the first two frames, the Bulls scored three runs on two hits to put the Tigers in a 3-1 hole. The leadoff man was hit by a pitch and a one-out walk put two on. A two-run double gave the Bulls the lead and a two-out single brought in the third tally.
Memphis scored six runs in the sixth to regain the lead at 7-3. Zach Schritenthal reached on an error to start the frame and five hits later, the Tigers led 7-3. Darien Tubbs and Zach Willis were each hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs, but the Bulls got the first out with a fly out. A wild pitch made it 3-2 and a two-run double by Kane Barrow gave the Tigers a one-run lead, 4-3. Nate Rupiper and Ethan Gross picked up RBI singles to make it 7-3, but Memphis left two runners stranded to end the frame.
USF inched back with a run in the sixth and a run in the seventh. A one-out double brought in the run in the sixth, but the Tigers stranded a runner at third in the frame. In the seventh, USF put runners on the corners with no outs, but a double play cleared the bases with USF pulling within two at 7-5. The Bulls stranded their ninth and 10th on base in the inning with a fly out to the track in right-centerfield.
Starter Colin Lee pitched three innings and allowed three runs on six hits in the no decision. Freshman Trevor Sutton (2-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings in relief. Bryce Beeler picked up his eighth save with a scoreless ninth. Barrow and Gross paced the Tigers with two hits and two RBI each.
The Tigers are scheduled to play Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday at FedExPark at 6:30 p.m. before returning to league play against Connecticut on Friday.