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Tigers drop two to ECU

By Scott Hall
On April 19, 2012

The University of Memphis baseball team dropped two of three games in a weekend series loss to East Carolina.

The Tigers were held to just two runs in game one of the series on Friday.  ECU relied on pitcher Kevin Brandt, who held Memphis to just six hits, including four strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Memphis scored their first run in the second inning, followed by another in the third, but could not get anything going offensively.

The game was tied at 2-2 through five innings, but ECU scored a run in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings to take the game, 5-2. Memphis pitcher had an up-and-down game, allowing four runs on five hits, but striking out eight.

On Saturday, the Tigers' bats came alive, torching the Pirates for 12 hits in a 5-2 win. Four Memphis batters had two hits in the game, with all five runs coming from different players. Derrick Thomas and Tucker Tubbs each had two RBIs.

After an RBI double by Adam McClain gave the Tigers the lead in the third, Tubbs knocked out his first career home run to double the Memphis advantage. ECU tied the game in the fifth, but a single by Thomas brought in a run, and Tubbs followed up with a sacrifice fly to give Memphis a 4-2 lead. Thomas gave the Tigers some insurance with a home run in the eighth to secure the 5-2 victory and tie the series at one game apiece.

ECU clinched the series victory with an offensive onslaught in the rubber match on Sunday. The Pirates scored 14 runs on 17 hits to double up the Tigers and race away with a 14-7 win.

ECU really got going in the fourth inning. After heading into the inning trailing Memphis 2-1, ECU scored two runs in the fourth, three runs in the fifth , and six in the sixth to take a 12-2 lead. The Tigers responded with five runs over the sixth and seventh innings, but ECU scored two more to prevent the Tigers from rallying for a come-from-behind win.

"We had a hard time throwing enough pitches down in the zone," head coach Daron Schoenrock said. "Wind blowing out on a day like today, you've got to throw down. Offensively I thought we put together some good at bats. At the opportune times, no, but you have to play differently when you're down by a big margin like that."

With the series loss, the Tigers fall to 16-20 on the season, and 6-6 in Conference USA. They will begin a four-game road trip with a game against Murray State in Murray, Ky., before traveling to Hattiesburg, Miss., to take on Southern Miss.


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