Memphis Holds Off Tulane 7-6 to Even Series
May 7, 2011
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tyler Farley allowed no runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief to help the University of Memphis baseball team to a 7-6 victory at Tulane on Saturday.
A two-out walk in the top of the eighth hurt Tulane as Ethan Gross would come around to score and give the U of M the lead. With two outs in the inning, Drew Martinez doubled down the right field line to move Gross to third, but the relay throw would get away from Green Wave second baseman Bowen Woodson and allow Gross to score.
Farley hit Crohan with a pitch with one out in the ninth and Matt Ryan singled to put runners on first and second with one out. Farley would come back to strike out pinch hitter Briggs Barrios and put the game in the hands of Brennan Middleton. Farley would get Middleton to fly out to center and secure the 7-6 victory for the U of M.
Memphis got on board early with a sac fly by T.J. Rich. After back-to-back one out walks, Chad Zurcher and Jacob Wilson would steal a bag to move to scoring position and give Rich the chance to drive in a run. Rich hit the sac fly to center for his 45th RBI of the season and a 1-0 Tiger lead. Phillip Chapman hit an RBI single to right-center to drive in Wilson from second and put the U of M ahead 2-0.
Tulane appeared to have a great chance of answering the Tigers runs in the first after an infield bunt and throwing error put the leadoff man on second base. After a groundout advanced the Green Wave baserunner to third, Tiger starter Ryan Holland was forced to work out of a jam. Holland would get out of the jam with a strikeout and a groundout and hold the U of M lead at 2-0.
Holland walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the third and with one out in the inning, Bowen Woodson hit a groundball to Holland, who fielded the grounder and threw home for the second out of the inning. On the throw to first for the potential double play, catcher Phillip Chapman sailed the throw, allowing one run to score for Tulane. Holland would get a groundout to second to get out of the inning and keep the Tigers on top at 2-1.
Two walks with two outs in the top of the fourth helped Memphis tally a run. After J.D. Wallace and Bryan Picou walked, Gross singled up the middle to drive in Wallace and give the U of M a 3-1 lead. Martinez singled to left field, but Tulane would throw out Picou at the plate to hold Memphis to a 3-1 lead.
The Green Wave used a leadoff double by Woodson in the bottom of the sixth to start a rally. After pinch hitter Blake Crohan grounded out advance the runner to third, Garrett Cannizaro hit a slow roller to short stop and beat the throw to first for an infield single that score Woodson from third. With the Tigers leading 3-2, Middleton grounded out to second and the runners advanced to scoring position with two outs. Nick Boullousa singled up the middle to drive in two runs and give Tulane a 4-3 lead, but he was thrown out at second to end the inning.
Memphis quickly answered to tie the game at 4-4. Martinez led off the inning with a single and a double by Zurcher. Wilson hit an RBI-single to right field to tie the game and Rich hit a sac fly to give the U of M a 5-4 lead. Wilson advanced to third on a fly ball by Phillip Chapman and would score on a wild pitch to give the U of M a 6-4 lead.
Back-to-back singles by Tulane put the pressure back on the Tigers in the seventh inning. After a sac bunt advanced the runners to scoring position, Tyler Farley was summoned from the bullpen. Farley walked Woodson to load the bases and Crohan hit a two-RBI single through the left side to tie the game at 6-6. Farley induced a groundball to get out of the inning with the score knotted at 6-6.
Holland finished the day with 6 1/3 innings pitched and allowed six runs, five earned on seven hits. He walked six and struck out two. Martinez paced the Tiger offense with three hits, a double and a steal. Rich led the U of M with two RBI, both on sac flies.
Memphis will look for the series victory in the rubber match tomorrow at 1 p.m. Clayton Gant will make the start for the U of M at Turchin Stadium.