Memphis Tops Missouri 8-7 to Win First-Ever Series Over Big 12 Foe
May 13, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Memphis (25-26) defeated Missouri (27-24) 8-7 on Sunday at Taylor Stadium and with the win clinched the first series victory over a Big 12 opponent in program history.
Memphis scored two runs in the ninth to break a 6-6 tie. Adam McClain singled and Eli Hynes followed with a double down the right field line. A wild pitch allowed the go-ahead run to score and Derrick Thomas gave Memphis some insurance with a RBI single to right-center. Missouri cut the lead to 8-7 with a two-out solo home run, but Memphis escaped with the 8-7 win.
McClain laced a two-out single up the middle and later scored with the help of a Missouri error to give Memphis a 1-0 lead. McClain's single was his 252nd career hit to tie him for second in program history with Chad Zurcher. Hynes smoked a fly ball to right-centerfield, but the Missouri outfielder misplayed the ball allowing McClain to score.
Memphis added a run in the second on the heels of good base running and clutch hitting with two outs. Ethan Gross was issued a two-out walk and he stole second to move into scoring position. Keaton Aldridge doubled down the left field line to plate Gross and the Tigers gained a 2-0 lead.
McClain was hit by a pitch in the third and stole second to move to scoring position. Hynes ripped a single up the middle allowing McClain to score and Memphis scored for the third-straight inning to take a 3-0 lead. Missouri answered the tally in the third as Dillon Everett singled up the middle to drive in Brannon Champagne.
Jacob Wilson singled up the middle in the fourth for his 54th RBI on the year, but Missouri used a three-run home run by Dane Opel to knot the score at 4-4. Missouri added two runs in the fifth to take their first lead of the game at 6-4. Andreas Plackis and Conner Mach had RBI singles in the inning for Missouri.
Memphis got one run back in the sixth, but a bases loaded double play limited the damage. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases for pinch-hitter Tucker Tubbs. Relief pitcher Jeff Emens forced a grounder to short for the double play and Memphis scored one, but failed to get a runner in from third with two outs in the frame.
Hynes sparked a game-tying rally in the seventh as the senior doubled to the right field corner with one out in the frame. Derrick Thomas drove him in with a single up the middle and Hynes beat the relay throw home allowing Thomas to move to second on the throw. Thomas was stranded on second to end the top half of the seventh.
Led by Hynes three hits, Memphis had three players with multiple hits as McClain and Thomas joined the fray. Jonathan Van Eaton (5-2) earned the win as he pitched 1.1 innings allowing just one run on one hit, the solo home run in the ninth. Dusty Ross (3-1) was saddled with the loss as he allowed two runs on four hits in two innings of work.
The three-game series victory for Memphis is the programs first over a Big 12 program and fifth time the club has won two games against a Big 12 opponent in two days. Memphis won two-game series against Missouri in 1978 and Kansas State in 1962, 1963 and 1964.
Memphis plays host to UT Martin on Tuesday in the home finale, a doubleheader with two seven inning games beginning at 3:30 p.m. at FedExPark.