Tigers lose baseball opener; Rebels, Bullies win
Memphis, TN-Memphis (0-1) had 10 hits, but all singles in a 5-2 opening day loss to Illinois State (1-0) on Friday at FedExPark. Tigers Coach Daron Schoenrock penned an opening day lineup that featured two players making their first career starts and as a whole, a lineup that averaged 31 career starts. Illinois State broke through in the fifth as three straight singles brought the tying run in. Aguilera drove in his second run of the day to tie the game and force the Tigers to go to the bullpen. The U of M elected to go to freshman Craig Caufield and he struck out the first batter he faced, but Mike Hollenback singled up the middle to give Illinois State the lead, 3-2. Caufield walked the next batter, but a strikeout and a foul out got Memphis out of the inning.
Oxford, MS-Brett Huber became the career saves leader at Ole Miss on Friday night, closing out the ninth inning as No. 14 Ole Miss (1-0) shut out No. 12 TCU (0-1) by a score of 1-0 to open the weekend series and the 2013 season. With one out on the board, a one-run lead and the bases loaded in the ninth TCU sent Kevin Daniels to the plate to pinch hit. Daniels connected and sent the ball to the right side of the infield where Sikes Orvis scooped the ball and threw to second for the out on the lead runner, Dylan Fitzgerald. Lance Wilson snagged the throw from Orvis and went to throw to first when Fitzgerald slid and was called for interference, putting the third out on the board and clinching the shutout win for the Rebels. Bobby Wahl (1-0) picked up the win, working 6.1 scoreless innings with three walks and eight strikeouts. He allowed only three hits on the afternoon.
Starville, MS-Mississippi State ushered in the 2013 baseball season in fine fashion Friday afternoon, posting a 16-1 win over Portland at Dudy Noble Field. The fifth-ranked Bulldogs collected 21 hits and won its 10th straight season opener and 10th straight home opener. Head coach John Cohen is now 5-0 in his season openers with the Maroon and White. In 14 seasons as a Division I collegiate head coach, Cohen has won every season opener.