Gray Squad Overcomes 2-0 Deficit to Win Tigers Series
Nov. 11, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Due to inclement weather and an unusual number of position player injuries, the University of Memphis baseball program's annual Garibaldi's Series was postponed until 2010 preseason practice.
In its place, the Tiger's coaching staff created the "Tigers Series"--an 11-session small, late-inning scrimmages designed to put offenses and defenses in "late in the game" situations. The sessions were anywhere from two to five innings long. The series was a best-of-11 series in which the winning team got a letter for each win to spell out the word T-I-G-E-R-S.
The Blue Team jumped out of the gates to a 2-0 lead by winning the first two sessions, but the Gray club responded with wins in seven of the next nine games to win the series, 7-4.
Pitching innings were pre-determined to give the coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate the pitching staff in various settings and roles.
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Sophomore Drew Martinez led the way offensively, going 2-for-2, while freshman J.D. Wallace wrapped up a solid series with a RBI in the contest.
Michael Will was the losing pitcher for the Blue side.
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With the score tied at 1-all, Marc Ashley led off the ninth with a double, setting up Wallace's game-winner off of Brandon Showmar.
Senior Tyler Huelsing led the Blue offense with a 1-for-2 day.
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Paullus won his second game of the series after fanning four and allowing just one hit.
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Senior Trey Wiedman and freshman J.D. Wallace each had RBI hits, and Jacob Willson added a double for the Gray offense.
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The Gray offense gave winning pitcher Marc Ashley plenty of run support, reaching the nine-run plateau for the second time in the series.
Junior Alan Mathis led the Blue team with a hit and an RBI. Chase Joiner was the losing pitcher.
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Wiedman went 2-for-3, while Wilson was 1-for-3 with two RBI to aid Jonathan Jones in a winning effort.
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Senior Tyler Huelsing, who had swung a hot bat in each of the first four games, gave the Blue lineup all the offense it needed as he connected for a three-run home run in the eighth inning.
Sophomore Ben Paullus held the Gray offense at bay, limiting the opponents to just one hit. Paullus struck out three in two innings of action.
Michael Wills was tagged with the loss for the Gray squad--his second loss of the series.
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Freshman Dan Langfield was the winning pitcher and held the Blue club to on significant hit--an eighth-inning, RBI-single off the bat of Tyler Huelsing.
Wiedman's second homer of the series came off Blue lefty Marcus Barnes, who was touched with the loss.
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Tyler Huelsing went 2-for-3 with a three RBI and doubles to lead the Blue offense. Freshman Derrick Thomas collected one hit, but drove in two runs and scored twice in a losing effort. Brandon Showmar was tagged with the loss on the mound.
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Jonathan Jones was the losing pitcher for the Gray.
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The game provided offensive fireworks late with senior Trey Wiedman highlighting the top half of the 13th with a run-run bomb.
Michael Wills was tagged with the loss for the Gray squad.
Memphis closed out fall drills with a pair of practices on November 10-11.