@MemphisBaseball Shuts Out UT Martin, 11-0
May 13, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Six Tigers had two hits as Memphis pounded out a season-high 17 hits for an 11-0 shutout over UT Martin on Tuesday night at FedExPark.
The Tigers struck early with two runs in the first. Memphis got started with back-to-back singles from Darien Tubbs and Zach Willis to put two on with no outs. Kane Barrow then reached on an infield error to score Tubbs and give the Tigers a 1-0 advantage. A one-out single to the right field wall by Carter White loaded the bases before an RBI groundout by Nate Rupiper scored Willis for a 2-0 Memphis lead.
Memphis (27-26) put up a big inning in the second, scoring four runs on five hits. Ethan Gross led off the frame with a single to get the Tigers going. Tubbs answered with a double to right center to put runners in scoring position before a two-RBI single by Willis made it 4-0 with one out. Jake Little brought in two more Memphis runs with a double to right center for a 6-0 score.
The Tigers continued to stretch their lead in the third with a bases-loaded walk by Willis and a sacrifice fly by Barrow to score Gross and make it 8-0.
UT Martin (9-39) threatened in the fifth and sixth innings by putting runners in scoring position with one out. In the fifth, a popup and strikeout by Dylan Toscano (4-4) kept the Skyhawks off the board while two groundouts ended the threat in the sixth.
The Tigers added an insurance run in the eighth inning as Hatfield drove in Corey Chafin on a single to right field to increase the lead to 11-0.
Toscano tossed five scoreless innings for Memphis, giving up five hits and two walks while striking out five batters. Conner Porter, Ryan Garner, Nolan Blackwood and Craig Caufield also spent time on the mound to help the Tigers to their first shutout of the season.
Memphis closes out its regular season this week with a three-game series against Rutgers beginning 6:30 p.m. Thursday at FedExPark.