Memphis Downs Missouri 6-4
May 11, 2012
Memphis struck early for two runs on three hits in the first. Ethan Gross started it off with a single to center and a one-out walk to Adam McClain put two runners on. Eli Hynes ripped a single to center to load the bases and Derrick Thomas followed with a two RBI single through the left side. With the two first inning tallies, Memphis has outscored the opposition 34-14 on the season in the first at-bat.
Missouri failed to get a hit over the first 2.2 innings, but a two-out double by Ben Turner gave Missouri their first run of the game. Memphis starter Dan Langfield issued five walks over the first three innings, but it was the fifth that cost Langfield. Dillon Everett walked with two outs in the third and scored on the double by Turner to make the score 2-1.
Missouri capitalized on a Memphis error in the fourth to take the lead at 3-2. With two outs in the inning, Scott Sommerfeld hit a chopper to short, but the throw to first was errant allowing the tying run to score. A two-out double, the second of the game for Missouri, drove in Sommerfield to give the homestanding Tigers a 3-2 lead.
Three doubles in the fifth helped Memphis score four runs and with that, the Tigers gained a 6-3 lead. Jacob Wilson led off the frame with a double to left-centerfield and after McClain was hit by a pitch, Eli Hynes smoked a double off the right field wall to knot the score at 3-3. T.J. Rich plated two more runs with a double to left-centerfield and Tucker Tubbs followed with a RBI single to make it 6-3.
The second error of the game by Memphis was costly as Missouri cut the Memphis lead to 6-4. Everett hit a one-out single to second and later scored on an error. Andreas Plackis ripped a single to right and Everett advanced to third drawing a throw from right field. The throw from right one-hopped the third base dugout allowing the run to score.
Patrick Bailey (3-3) worked 3.2 innings in relief of Langfield and allowed one run, unearned, on three hits and picked up the win. Bailey faced trouble in the eighth as a single, walk and catcher's inference loaded the bases. The Tigers went to closer Jonathan Van Eaton and he forced a groundout to send the game to the ninth inning. Van Eaton retired the side in order in the ninth to convert his seventh save of the season, most for a closer since 2007.
All nine starters recorded hits for Memphis as the Tigers out-hit Missouri 14-8. Hynes paced the club with three hits and Wilson, McClain and Tubbs had two hits each. Langfield worked four innings and allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits. He walked six and struck out one, the 100th strikeout of the season for the junior pitcher.
Memphis looks to clinch the series as the two clubs meet at 2 p.m. on Saturday.