Two Out Runs By Austin Peay Sinks @UofMBaseball 9-2
May 14, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Three errors and four stolen bases against helped Austin Peay (39-13) to six runs with two outs as Memphis (32-21) dropped its home finale 9-2 at FedExPark on Tuesday.
Austin Peay put runners on first and second with two outs in the first after a single and walk, but the Tigers ended the threat with a ground ball to third. In the third inning, the Governors took two Tiger errors and turned it into two runs. After back-to-back singles got the inning going, the Tigers came up just short of a double play as runner beat the throw to first. The Austin Peay runner on first stole second and Memphis attempted to get the runner at third, but the throw went into leftfield allowing the run to score. Following a lineout, Reed Harper singled to left-centerfield to make it 2-0 and a second error in the inning moved him to second. The Tigers ended the jam forcing a fly out to center.
Memphis responded in the bottom of the inning with three-straight singles by the Nos. 9, 1 and 2 hitters in the lineup. The third hit came via Ethan Gross as he showed bunt, but pulled the bat back to smoke a single to leftfield to make it 2-1. A sacrifice bunt moved runners to second and third with one out and a hit by pitch loaded the bases. A bases loaded walk tied the game at 2-2, but the Tigers gave an out away as a hard grounder to short backed the shortstop up, but the Tigers base runner pulled up and tried to go back to third for the second out.>Drew Griffin reached on infield single to load the bases again, but the Governors tracked down a fly out in rightfield to end the frame.
The Governors tacked on four runs in the fifth to open a 6-2 advantage. A leadoff single and a one-out two-run home run by Jordan Hankins made the score 4-2, but the Tigers third error of the game allowed two more runs to score. An error at first put a runner on and a double by Harper put two runners in scoring position with one out. Reliever>Conner Porter got the second out via a pop out, but a two-out single by Michael Davis scored two unearned runs to make it 6-2. The Governors added their fourth two-out RBI of the night with a run in the seventh, a RBI single by Hankins.
The Tigers missed an opportunity to respond to the Austin Peay four-run fifth. Memphis used a leadoff walk by Carter White and seeing-eye single by>Tucker Tubbs to put runners on the corners with no outs, but Austin Peay retired the next three Tigers in order to stave off any chance of an answer back inning.
Austin Peay added two runs in the seventh to increase their lead to 9-2. In the frame, the Governors had two hits and another runner reached on a walk. Two stolen bases and two passed balls in the inning helped bring runners around to score.
Willis had three hits to lead the Tigers offensively while Tubbs and Griffin had two hits each. Austin Peay out-hit the Tigers 13-10 on the game, but did not commit an error opposed by three Tigers errors. Governors reliever Kevin Corey picked up the win as he pitched two and two-thirds innings in relief and allowed no runs on two hits. Memphis starter>Michael Wills took the loss as he allowed six run, four earned, on seven hits in four and a third innings.
Memphis closes out the regular season schedule at SEMO beginning Thursday at 7 p.m.