Jacob Wilson Blasts Two Home Runs in Tigers 8-1 Win
May 4, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jacob Wilson blasted two home runs and Dan Langfieldstruck out 11 batters as Memphis (21-24, 9-10 C-USA) took game one of the three-game series against UAB (26-21, 7-9 C-USA) with a 8-1 victory on Friday at FedExPark.
The Tigers wasted no time in taking an early lead as the club plated five runs on four hits to grab an early 5-0 lead. Zach Willis drew a leadoff walk and four-straight hits led to five runs. Adam McClain, Jacob Wilson, Eli Hynes and Derrick Thomashad singles, but the single by Thomas proved the difference in the inning as Thomas was able to score on the play. Thomas' single to left was misplayed in left and the three-base error after the single cleared the bases.
Jacob Wilsonblasted his 11th home run of the season to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead. For Wilson, he moves to the lead in C-USA with the 11 home runs. The home run was the 25th of his career moving him into a tie for ninth place in program history.
Dan Langfield cruised through the first four innings allowing two base runners to reach scoring position, each with two outs in the third and fourth innings, respectively. Langfield faced trouble in the fifth as UAB loaded the bases with one out in the frame. Langfield forced a foul out to catcher Keaton Aldridgeand Jeff Schalk flied out to center to send the game to the bottom of the fifth.
Jacob Wilson added his second home run of the game in the sixth to give Memphis an 8-0 lead. Ford Wilson led off the inning with an infield single and scored on the two-run homer by Jacob Wilson. With the two-run homer, Jacob Wilsonrecorded his ninth game with three or more RBI this season.
Langfield (6-6) finished the night with seven innings pitched and he allowed six hits, struck out 11 and walked one. The 11 strikeouts marked the sixth time in his career he fanned 10 or more batters in a game and the 11 punch outs gave him 99 for the season, fifth most in single-season history.
With reliever Erik Schoenrockpitching in the eighth, UAB attempted to cut into the Tigers 8-0 lead. Two walks and a pair of wild pitches had runners on the corners for the Blazers with two out. Schoenrock stranded the runner at third with a foul-out to the catcher. UAB used three walks to load the bases in the ninth and with two outs in the frame, John Frost reached on fielder's choice to cut the lead to 8-1. Had the run not scored, the Tigers would've posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1991.
Napoleon took the loss for UAB, with the Tigers scoring eight runs on 12 hits and an error. The loss drops Napoleon's record to 4-3 on the season.
The Tigers host Senior Day at FedExPark on Saturday at 2 p.m. Pregame ceremonies will begin around 1:30 p.m. before game two of the series with the Blazers.