@UofMBaseball Completes Doubleheader Sweep of Marshall, 9-6
May 4, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis (29-19, 11-9 C-USA) weathered a lengthy rain delay to complete the doubleheader sweep of Marshall (18-28, 5-12 C-USA) with a 9-6 victory on Saturday at FedExPark.
Marshall grabbed an early 1-0 lead with a two-out RBI double by Eric Escobedo, but the Tigers answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Ethan Gross singled up the middle with one out, but a fielder’s choice erased him at second, but Carter White reached first. A walk put runners on first and second and Bryce Beeler came up with a two-out RBI double to the leftfield corner to drive in the two runs. Memphis left runners on the corners in the inning, but led 2-1 after one inning.
Tigers starter Sam Moll faced trouble in the second and third, but managed to escape each jam without allowing a run. In the second, Marshall stranded runners on first and second as Moll benefited from a pickoff throw to first by his catcher Keaton Aldridge. In the third, a sacrifice bunt moved a runner to second with two outs, but Moll struck out the next hitter to end the frame.
Memphis tacked on one run in the third, but missed an opportunity to blow the game open. Gross singled up the middle and a walk put two runners on with no outs. On a double steal attempt, Gross and White each stole the respective base, but the throw to third was errant allowing Gross to score. Two more walks loaded the bases with no outs and the Thundering Herd went to bullpen. Marshall reliever Matt Margaritonda induced a 5-2-3 double play and a flyout to keep the Tigers lead at 3-1.
Marshall got one run back in the fourth to make it 3-2. A leadoff walk followed by a single up the middle put runners on first a second. Aldridge attempted to pick off a runner at second, but the throw was errant allowing Chase Vogelbach to advance to third. Moll induced a 6-4-3 double play, but Vogelbach scored to make it 3-2.
The Tigers scored three runs in the fifth to open up a 6-2 lead. Tucker Tubbs led off the fifth with a single up the middle and after two strikeouts, stole second base. A two-out walk to Colton Simbeck put two on with two outs and Keaton Aldridge slammed a three-run home run to rightfield to give the Tigers a 6-2 lead. Ford Wilson doubled after the home run, but the two teams had to wait out a 2:27 minute rain delay before ending the frame.
Moll’s day was done after the rain delay as he pitched five innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits. Moll struck out three and walked three while improving to 7-3 on the season.
Memphis added three more runs in the sixth to take a 9-2 advantage. A leadoff walk and a single by White put runners on the corners with no outs. Tubbs made it 7-2 with a single to centerfield and a fielder’s choice on a sacrifice bunt didn’t get an out as Tubbs beat the throw to second. With the bases loaded and no outs, Drew Griffin doubled down the rightfield line to drive in two runs. Marshall stranded the Tigers runners on second and third with three-straight outs as the Tigers led 9-2 going to the 7th.
Marshall managed to load the bases with one out in the seventh, but Memphis reliever Clayton Gant allowed just one run. A safety squeeze brought the run in to cut the Tigers lead to 9-3. Gant pitched two innings in relief allowed one run on two hits. Dylan Toscano retired the side in order in the eighth, but Marshall put the first two men on in the ninth, but came back to get the next two men out. A hit batter loaded the bases and the Thundering Herd made it 9-4 with a bases loaded walk. A single through the left side made it 9-5 before a passed ball brought Marshall within three runs at 9-6. Craig Caufield then forced a fly out to centerfield to end the game, completing his first career save.
Griffin, Tubbs, and Gross paced the Tigers with two hits in the game and the U of M out-hit Marshall 10-8. Saturday’s doubleheader sweep is the first for the Tigers since March 17, 2012 against Siena and the first in C-USA games since April 16, 2011 at UAB. Memphis wins a home series at home against Marshall for the first time in the series between the two teams.
Memphis and Marshall meet in the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. at FedExPark.