Two-Run Ninth Ruins Golden Eagle Comeback at Memphis
April 8, 2011
MEMPHIS - Memphis scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a throwing error by Isaac Rodriguez to lift the Tigers to a 6-5 decision over Southern Miss here at FedExPark Friday night.
The Golden Eagles (22-7, 5-2 C-USA) lost for the second straight game, as the loss ruined a four-run rally in the eighth for the visitors.
T.J. Rich led the Tigers with four of their 11 hits, while Rodriguez added a pair of hits for the Golden Eagles including a solo homer, his second of the year.
Down 4-1 in the eighth, Justin Diliberto led off the frame by being hit by a pitch. After a pair of walks to pinch hitter Jared Bales and Kameron Brunty, the Tigers brought in closer Ben Paullus. The Tiger pitcher allowed an RBI single to Tyler Koelling before pinch hitter Joe Martin drove home a run with a walk. Tyler Koelling and B.A. Vollmuth each then scored on wild pitches to give USM the 5-4 advantage.
The Golden Eagles then went to its own closer, Collin Cargill. The senior from Hattiesburg, got in a bit of a jam, but was able to get out of the inning with a double play.
In the ninth, Cargill walked Chad Zurcher to open the frame. The Eagles then botched a sacrifice bunt to put runners at first and second, before Rich moved the runners up with a sacrifice. Phillip Chapman was then intentionally walked, before Hynes hit a ground ball to Isaac Rodriguez, whose throw got by Vollmuth at short and went into leftfield allow the deciding runs to score.
The Tigers (18-11, 2-2), which won for the fifth straight time, got their first run in the second on a groundout by Ely Hynes and then added two more in the fifth on sacrifice fly by Jacob Wilson and then a RBI single from Rich.
Rodriguez cut the gap in the seventh with a solo shot in the seventh for his second of the season, but the Tigers again rallied with a lone run on another Rich RBI single.
Cargill (3-2) got tagged with the loss, while UM closer Paullus improved to 2-0.
The two teams continue their series with a 2 p.m., contest Saturday.