@MemphisBaseball Falls in Series Finale to Rutgers, 7-5
May 17, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Four unanswered runs by Rutgers was too much for Memphis to overcome as the Scarlet Knights picked up the series win with a 7-5 victory on Saturday afternoon at FedExPark.
Rutgers (29-23) evened up the game in the next frame by leading off the second with two singles. A fielder’s choice by Christian Campbell to shortstop scored Vinny Zarrillo for a 1-1 contest. Another single and stolen base by the Scarlet Knights put runners in scoring position but the Tigers escaped the inning with a fly out to left center.
Memphis loaded the bases in the bottom of the second with a single from Zach Schritenthal followed by a hit by pitch for Zach Willis. Ethan Gross then singled through the right side, but Rutgers ended the threat by throwing out Schritenthal at the plate.
The Scarlet Knights took their first lead of the game in the third. Mike Carter led off with a single and a groundout and a foul out moved him around to third. An RBI single by Zarrillo through the left side put Rutgers on top, 2-1.
After a hit by pitch and a walk, a single by Carter brought in another Rutgers run in the fourth as the Scarlet Knights stretched it to 3-1.
Memphis began another two-out rally in the fifth with singles from Barrow and White followed by a walk by Jake Little. Nate Rupiper brought in the Tigers’ second run as Little slid in to second to avoid the third out of the inning with Barrow coming in to score. The Tigers were unable to tie it up as a fly out ended the inning.
Rutgers increased its lead in the sixth with two walks and a single to load the bases with one out before Joe D’Annunzio singled to plate two runs and give the Scarlet Knights a 5-2 advantage. In the seventh, Rutgers added two insurance runs with three singles and a sacrifice fly to make it 7-2.
Memphis cut it into the Rutgers lead in the seventh as Barrow led off with a walk before White was hit by a pitch to put two on with no outs. Little followed with a single to right field to score two runs, and advanced to third after a fielding error in the outfield. A groundout RBI by Rupiper scored Little for a 7-5 game. The Tigers kept threatening as Schritenthal singled and Ford Wilson walked to put runners on first and second with two outs. However, a strikeout looking kept Memphis from coming any closer.
Conner Porter (0-1) took the loss for the Tigers while Kevin Baxter (5-7) earned the win for Rutgers. Five different Tigers recorded two hits with Barrow adding three runs and Rupiper totaling two RBI.
Memphis will begin conference tournament play against the No. 1 seed Louisville next week in Clearwater, Fla. The complete tournament schedule will be released Saturday night or Sunday.