@MemphisBaseball Offense Awakens in 17-1 Win Over Mississippi Valley State
April 30, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Tucker Tubbs was 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and four RBI as Memphis scored a season-high 17 runs in a 17-1 defeat of Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday at FedExPark.
Memphis loaded the bases with two hits and a walk with one out in the first to begin the offensive barrage. Tucker Tubbs hit a one out single and Carter White walked to make it 2-0. Nate Rupiper followed with a RBI single to give Memphis the 3-0 advantage, but the Tigers left the bases loaded to end the inning.
After Mississippi Valley scored an unearned run in the top of the second, the Tigers answered with four runs to hold a 7-1 lead. Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Tucker Tubbs and he walked for his second RBI on the night. White earned an RBI on a fielder's choice and Rupiper and Gross followed with RBI singles to drive in two more.
Five runs crossed in the third to increase the lead to 12-1. Three doubles in the inning helped lead to the five-run frame and Zach Willis led it off with a two-base hit. Jake Little brought in the first of the inning with a RBI single and a double by Kane Barrow put runners on second and third. Tucker Tubbs drove both in with a double to right field. White plated the fourth run of the inning with a single to centerfield and advanced to second on the throw. White later scored on a wild pitch to cap the five-run frame.
Memphis added three more runs in the fourth to hold a 15-1 advantage. Little picked up his fourth hit in as many innings to set the table and Barrow hit his second double to drive in Little. White drove in his fourth run of the game with a double and White later scored on a sacrifice fly by Zac Carter, his first career RBI.
Two unearned runs were scored in the sixth to give the Tigers a 17-1 advantage. White worked a one-out walk and a two-out double by Ethan Gross put runners on second and third. A throwing error allowed both runs to score. With the double, Gross reached 200 career hits and the start marked his 200th consecutive start.
Freshman RHP Trevor Sutton (3-0) picked up the win, going three innings and allowing one run, unearned, on no hits while walking two and striking out two. The Tigers used eight pitchers on the night and held the Delta Devils to five hits.
The Tigers host Connecticut in a three-game series this weekend at FedExPark. The series begins on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and continues Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m.