-University of Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Sam Moll pitched seven scoreless innings, stranding the bases loaded in the seventh, and the Memphis (12-14, 2-2) scored seven runs in the seventh to take a 10-0 victory over Tulane (17-8, 0-1) on Friday at FedExPark.
Each club left runners stranded on third base early on. Ethan Gross singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and stood 90-feet away from scoring with two outs in the first for the Tigers, but a groundout ended the Memphis threat. Sean Potkay worked a one-out walked for Tulane, stole second and moved to third on a groundout. The Tigers stranded Potkay on third after a groundout ended the inning.
The Tigers put runners on first and second with no outs in the second, but a sacrifice bunt attempt failed and the lead runner was nabbed at third. Tulane forced a pop-out for the second out, but Keaton Aldridge delivered his first career RBI with a single up the middle and the Tigers took a 1-0 lead.
Memphis tacked on two runs in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead. Zach Willis was issued a walk to start the fifth and Jacob Wilson followed with a single to right field that moved Willis to third. Eli Hynes was walked to load the bases for Adam McClain and McClain delivered the clutch RBI single through the left side to plate two runs.
Tulane loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but Moll pitched out of the jam to keep the Green Wave at bay. A one out walk, single and a second walk loaded the bases for Bowen Woodson. Woodson fouled out to first for the second out and Moll recorded the final out on a pop out to second.
After Tulane left the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, Memphis scored seven runs on six hits to extend the lead to 10-0. Back-to-back singles started the offensive outburst and a liner off the glove of the Green Wave pitcher Andrew Garner trickled into right field allowing a run to score. A Tulane error brought in another run and Jacob Wilson hit a three-run homer to make it 10-0.
The Green Wave stranded its sixth and seventh runners in scoring position on the night as Jonathan Van Eaton finished out the game on the mound. Tulane loaded the bases with a single, double and walk, but Van Eaton struck out Brandon Boudreaux to end the game.
Moll (2-3) earned his first career C-USA victory with the seven scoreless innings on the mound. Moll has allowed nine hits and one earned run in his last 21.2 innings pitched. Tulane starter Alex Byo (2-3) was tagged with the loss as he allowed three runs on eight hits in four innings of work.
McClain led the Tiger offense with three hits and five other players recorded two hits as the club out-hit Tulane 15-5 on the game. The Tigers 15 hits mark the third time in the last two seasons of league play that Memphis has recorded 15 or more hits.
The Tigers go for the series win on Saturday in game two of the series set for 2 p.m. at FedExPark.