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Tigers Take on Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Open Up Conference Play Versus Tulane

The Memphis Tigers Baseball team has wrapped up the weekend by playing four games and walking away with two wins.  

Memphis started the week on Tuesday with an exhibition versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff in which the Tigers won by a score of 9-5.  

The Tigers ran a full bullpen with all nine pitchers playing one inning. Redshirt freshman Glenn Green III picked up his third win of the season by throwing 15 pitches and earning one strikeout. 

Third baseman Logan Kohler took over the game with a 2-for-4 performance that included one home run, his fourth of the season, and five runs batted in. First baseman Anthony Hansen provided a 3-for-4 outing with two runs batted in. 

The Tigers traveled to New Orleans to open conference play against Tulane in a three-game series to finish off the week. 

Memphis started off the series Friday night in losing fashion as they were defeated 5-2. The Tigers opened the scoring in the second inning, but Tulane would retaliate with two runs in the inning. 

Third baseman Simon Baumgardt would hit a solo home run to even the game at 1. From that point, the Green Wave would take the lead and push their lead to three runs going into the 7th inning. 

Tigers left fielder Anthony Hansen would try to rally the team with an RBI single, but the momentum would not swing in Memphis’ favor as Tulane would score a run later in the inning. 

Memphis would bounce back the next day as the Tigers defeated the Green Wave 3-1.  

Senior lefty Dalton Fowler would take the mound for Memphis and simply put on a pitching clinic. Fowler would pitch five scoreless innings and strike out a season-high 12 batters.  

Both teams would go into the seventh inning scoreless until Tulane third baseman Brady Marget hit a solo home run to put the Green Wave ahead. Memphis would put on a 9th-inning rally thanks to catcher Jonah Sutton, who would hit an RBI single to tie the game at one. Tulane would then have two costly errors as Memphis would score on two wild pitches to gain the lead. 

The Tigers would bring in Junior closer Dalton Kendrick in the bottom of the ninth to end the game. Kendrick would strike out the first two batters and fly out the last batter to close the game and earn his AAC-leading 8th save.  

On Sunday afternoon, Memphis would look to take home the series even at one apiece. The Tigers would suffer defeat in extra-innings by a score of 6-5. 

The first four innings would be filled with scoring as Memphis would open the scoring with an RBI single by Logan Kohler in the first inning. Tulane would even score as shortstop Gavin Schulz would score on a sacrifice fly in the second inning. Memphis would gain the lead once again as Anthony Hansen would hit his team-leading seventh home run in the third inning.  

The Green Wave would control the momentum in the fourth inning by scoring three runs to gain a 4-2 lead. The lead would hold steady until the seventh inning as Brayland Skinner would hit an RBI single and Anthony Hansen would hit an RBI double to even the game at 4. 

The game would stay even at 4 as both teams would need extra innings to determine a series winner. The eleventh inning saw action as Memphis would take a one-run lead as second baseman Jake Curtis would hit an RBI single. 

In the bottom of the eleventh, Dalton Kendrick would be on the mound to close the game once again. Kendrick would get the first two batters out via groundout and strikeout. Kendrick would then hit the next batter which set up a walk-off two-run home run by Tulane center fielder Teo Banks. 

The home run was only the third allowed by Kendrick all season. 

Memphis currently sits at 16-13 on the season and 1-2 in conference play. The road only gets tougher as the Tigers face reigning College World Series champion Ole Miss Tuesday night at FedExPark. 

Memphis will finish off the week against conference opponent Cincinnati at home. Thursday and Friday’s games will be at 6 P.M. CT. Saturday’s series finale will be at 1 P.M. CT.  

All games will be televised on ESPN+. 

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