Freshmen Key in Luigi's 2-0 Garibaldi's Series Lead
Nov. 4, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Freshman Tucker Tubbs drove in three runs in Game 1 and collected two RBI in Game 2 to help the Luigi's take a 2-0 lead over the Mario's in the University of Memphis Baseball team's Garibaldi's Series at FedExPark.
Tubbs led the cast of four freshmen that pounded out 11 hits in the first game of the series. Tubbs finished 3-for-6 with two RBI and three runs scored and was named the Game 1 MVP. Catcher Carter White was 3-for-6 with three RBI and first baseman Zac Carter was 4-for-6 with two RBI. Freshman outfielder Colton Simbeck had one hit in the game, but made it count with a three-run home run to right field. The quartet of freshman helped the Luigi's squad to a 15-11 victory in game 1. Sophomore Zach Willis was also 3-for-6 with three RBI. Erik Schoenrock started on the mound and faced the minimum over three innings, walking one and picking off the runner.
"Obviously, when you intersquad scrimmage, you leave the ballpark happy for one team and sad for the other, but offensively we were very good led by the quality at-bats the freshman class had," head coach Daron Schoenrock said. "The potential that the freshman class has is something that we are seeing this fall."
Senior Eli Hynes hit two home runs and collected four RBI in the first game for the Mario's squad. Freshman Bryce Beeler had a standout performance for the Mario's side in game 1, going 3-for-5 with two RBI.
In game two, pitching was dominant as MVP Jonathan Van Eaton pitched four shutout innings in relief for the Luigi's team. With a 5-3 victory, Luigi's grab a 2-0 series lead. Van Eaton struck out three batters, walked one and had one hit by pitch in an otherwise dominant performance. At the plate, the Luigi's were led by Tubbs' two RBI single in the fourth. Simbeck and freshman Austin Hatfield hit sacrifice flies to drive in runs as well. Beeler and Jacob Wilson were both 2-for-4 in the loss for the Mario's.
"In game two, it was as clean of a defensive game as we have played this fall," Schoenrock said. "We didn't make many mistakes or give away much on the mound. The score was lower and it was a much faster paced game. It comes down to pounding the strike zone and making plays. When this team does that, we are going to have the offensive firepower to stay with a lot of teams."
Game 3 is slated for noon on Saturday and will be a nine-inning affair. Due to number of active pitchers available, a pitching machine will be used in Saturday's game before the pitching staff sees action in Game 4 on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
"Because of not extending and trying not to ask our pitchers to do too much, we are going to mix in some pitching machine games," Schoenrock said. "On Saturday we will try that. It should be pretty offensive and create a lot of defensive situations and plays that need to be made. We will come back Sunday and throw all the pitchers in short spurts again and get a chance to evaluate each of them again. There are a lot of battles going on for pitching jobs and until some of the injured guys get back, it creates a lot of evaluation opportunities for these other guys."