@UofMBaseball Drops Extra-Inning Game at SEMO 3-2
May 17, 2013
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Memphis (33-22) tallied two hits after the third inning, but rallied to send the game to extra innings before falling 3-2 in 11 innings at Southeast Missouri State (23-31) on Friday at Capaha Field.
A leadoff double by>Zach Willis was wasted in the first inning as SEMO retired the next three Tiger hitters. Ford Wilson ended a streak of seven-straight hitters retired by the Redhawks as he doubled down the leftfield line with one out in the third. Willis notched his second hit of the night with a single through the right side and Wilson came around to score to give Memphis a 1-0 lead.>Ethan Gross registered the third hit of the inning, but a double play ended the threat in the third.
Over the first three innings, Memphis starter>Erik Schoenrock worked out of three different jams with runners on base. In the first, Schoenrock worked around a one-out single, but it was the second a leadoff single and stolen base put a runner on second with no outs. The junior southpaw escaped that jam with a pop out, strikeout and ground out. SEMO loaded the bases in the third with two out, but Schoenrock escaped with a called third strike.
The Redhawks broke into the score column in the fourth with a two out, two strike single up the middle by Tyler Boxwell. Ryan Barnes led off the fourth with a double just past the out-stretched glove of leftfielder Colton Simbeck. After Schoenrock struck out the next hitter, a wild pitch advanced Barnes to third. A hot-shot to third was knocked down by Drew Griffin and he threw to first for the second out, but Boxwell turned on the 0-2 pitch for the RBI single up the middle, knotting the score at 1-1.
SEMO grabbed the lead in the fifth with two extra-base hits. Jason Blum tripled to right field as Memphis rightfielder Austin Hatfield came up just short of a diving grab in the spacious outfield. Schoenock came back to strikeout the next hitter, but Dalton Hewitt tucked a double just inside the third base line for the RBI and the Redhawks 2-1 lead. Schoenrock stranded Hewitt at second to end the inning as he struck out one and forced a fly out.
Schoenrock was lifted after five innings in which he allowed two runs on seven hits. He struck out six and walked one on the outing.>Jonathan Van Eaton pitched two innings in relief and allowed no runs on two hits while walking and striking out one.>Craig Caufield entered in the eighth and proceeded to strike out six over two innings of relief, including retiring the side in order in the ninth and 10th innings.
Three walks in the sixth loaded the bases for the Tigers as the U of M looked to even the game at 2-2. Pinch-hitter Bryce Beeler went to the plate and worked a nine-pitch at-bat, but the last pitch was a called third strike to end the threat for SEMO.
Redhawks reliever Alex Siddle retired seven-straight after walking the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Tucker Tubbs was hit by a pitch on a 3-2 count to start the ninth and he was lifted for pinch-runner Jacob Moody. Drew Griffin attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt to move the runner to scoring position. The bunt was lined toward the first baseman, but the diving grab was just short resulting in Moody getting a late break to second. SEMO got the force out at first, but the throw to second was errant allowing Moody to advance to third with one out in the ninth. Moody scampered home on a passed ball to score the tying run.
Memphis loaded the bases in the ninth with a pair of infield singles and a hit batter, but SEMO escaped the jam to go to the bottom of the 11th tied at 2-2. With the bases full, Keaton Aldridge dribbled a grounder toward shortstop and Griffin, who reached on the hit by pitch, was ruled out for interference.
SEMO got the walk-off single from Matt Tellor in the 11th to win it 3-2. Tellor was down to his final strikeout against Caufield, but ripped the single through the right side for the game-winning RBI.
The Tigers and Redhawks meet in the regular season finale for both teams at 1 p.m. on Saturday.