Tigers Clinch Series at Houston With An 8-7 11-Inning Victory
May 18, 2012
HOUSTON, Texas -Memphis (28-26, 13-10) took an early 4-0 lead and saw Houston (17-32-1, 5-17-1) rally back to force extra innings, but the Tigers scored two runs in the 11th to hold on for an 8-7 win at Cougar Field on Friday.
Back-to-back walks got the Tiger offense started in the 11th and Jacob Wilson delivered a single to left-centerfield to give Memphis the 7-6 lead. Adam McClain added another run as he hit a sacrifice fly to center to make the score 8-6. Houston got one run back on a sac fly in the 11th, but the Tigers held on for the win.
The Tigers, coming off a 15-3 win on Thursday night, wasted no time in grabbing an early lead as the club produced four runs, all with two outs, to take a 4-0 lead. After a quick first two outs, Memphis hit three-straight singles, the third an RBI single by Derrick Thomas. An error by the Houston third baseman allowed a second run to score and a double steal and errant throw crossed the third run of the frame. T.J. Rich followed with an RBI single to give the Tigers the 4-0 advantage.
Erik Schoenrock made quick work of the Cougars in the first two frames. The southpaw got through the first two frames with six pitches in both frames. Two walks a pair of wild pitches had runners on second and third with two outs for the Cougars, but Schoenrock escaped the jam via a fly out to center. Houston got on the board in the fourth to cut the lead to 4-1. Back-to-back singles and a sacrifice bunt put two runners in scoring position with one out and a ground out by Price Jacobs drove in the run.
Memphis regained the four-run lead in the fifth as two-out production again led to a tally. Tucker Tubbs laced a two-out single to center and T.J. Rich drove him in with a double to left-centerfield. Houston answered with a run in the bottom half as a two-out single by Jonathan Davis made the score 5-2. The Tigers stretched the lead to 6-2 in the sixth as a bases loaded wild pitch allowed a run to score.
Houston scratched across a tally in the bottom of the seventh to make the score 6-3. Jake Runte doubled to start it off and moved to third on a balk. A sac fly scored him and two walks had runners on first and second with one out as Jonathan Van Eaton entered the game. After a pop out put the second out on the board, Michael Pyeatt ripped a single down the left field line to cut the Tigers lead to 6-4. A wild pitch advanced the potential tying run to scoring position, but Van Eaton struck out Jacobs to end the threat.
The Cougars plated two runs in the ninth to knot the score at 6-6, but Memphis left the potential game-winning run standing on third. A two-RBI single by Michael Pyeatt tied the score at 6-6, but he was caught stealing on a wild pitch for the second out of the inning. Van Eaton sent the Tigers to the 10th inning as he forced a shallow fly out to right field.
Schoenrock pitched five solid innings and allowed two runs on six hits, but did not earn a decision. Van Eaton earned the win after going 3.2 innings and allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits. Sam Moll earned his first career save although he allowed one run on one hit in the 11th. The Tigers were paced offensively by Hynes as he was 3-for-5 with a run scored. Thomas and Rich added two hits, but Houston out-hit the Tigers 13-11.
Memphis collects the programs first series win at Houston with the win. With the win, Memphis has won seven-straight C-USA games for the first time since joining the league in 1996. The Tigers go for the series sweep with game three of the series at 1 p.m. on Saturday.