Walk-Off Win Comes Via Wild Pitch for @UofMBaseball in 1-0 Victory over Marshall
May 4, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – After Erik Schoenrock allowed five hits and no runs in nine innings, Memphis (28-19, 10-9 C-USA) put runners on second and third with one out and a wild pitch allowed the winning run to score for a 1-0 victory in game one of a doubleheader at FedExPark on Saturday.
The second complete-game shutout of the season wasn’t easy for Schoenrock as he had runners in scoring position in the first, third and ninth innings. Schoenrock pitching his second complete game, allowing five hits while striking out nine and walking none. With the shutout, the Tiger pitching staff has posted nine this season, tying the 1975 squad for second-most in program history.
Ethan Gross worked a one-out walk to get the Tigers going in the ninth. Marshall ace Aaron Blair had allowed the Tigers just two hits in the first eight innings, but Carter White smoked a double to rightfield to put runners on second and third with one out. Blair threw a pair of sliders to Tubbs and on the next pitch, the Marshall catcher popped up and held out the arm for the intentional walk. The pitch from Blair was well right of the catcher and went to the backstop allowing Gross to score the winning run.
Marshall used some two out damage to put pressure on Memphis starter Erik Schoenrock early in the game. In the first, Isaac Ballou singled to right-centerfield with two outs and a two-base wild pitch had him standing on third. Schoenrock struck out his third in the inning to leave Ballou standing on third. The Thundering Herd used a two-out single and double to put runners on second and third in the third inning.
After having their first hit of the game erased on a steal attempt in the first inning, the Tigers didn’t register their second until a leadoff double in the fifth. Tucker Tubbs led off the fifth with the double down the leftfield line and a walk put two runners on with no outs. Marshall starter Aaron Blair struck out two while getting a fly out in between to end the inning without the Tigers scoring.
Schoenrock retired 10-straight Marshall hitters after getting out of the runners on second and third jam in the third. Eric Escobedo started the seventh with a single to rightfield, but he was thrown out at second attempting to steal. Catcher Carter White made the throw, his first caught stealing victim since March 24, 2012 against Rice. Schoenrock proceeded to retired the next two hitters to end the frame.
Willis, White and Tubbs were the only three Tigers to record hits off of Blair in the game. White and Tubbs each had doubles in the game.
The Tigers and Thundering Herd play game two of the doubleheader at 2:45 p.m. at FedExPark.