Tigers Knock Off 15th Ranked Rebels On Diamond
Oxford, MS-Caleb Wallingford stranded seven runners in scoring position in his six innings pitched and Memphis (11-1) defeated No. 15 Ole Miss (11-2) 4-1 at Oxford-University Stadium on Wednesday night.
A leadoff double by Darien Tubbs sparked the Tigers to a two-run first inning. Zach Willis walked to put two on with no out, but the Rebels got the Tigers next hitter to strike out. Memphis executed the double steal, but a second strikeout put two outs on the board with two runners in scoring position. Drew Griffin came up with a clutch, two-out RBI single through the right side to drive in two runs. Griffin stole second to move into the scoring position, but was thrown out at third to end the frame.
The Tigers manufactured a run in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead. Back-to-back singles by Carter White and Nate Rupiper got the inning started before Ethan Gross beat out a throw to first on an attempted double play. With runners on the corners and one out, Darien Tubbs grounded into a fielder’s choice at second and White raced home to make it 3-0.
Memphis added another insurance run in the sixth to grab a 4-0 advantage. Two singles, by Jake Little and Kane Barrow, sparked the inning. Griffin executed the sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third with one out and Tucker Tubbs worked a one out walk to load the bases. Carter White hit a sacrifice fly to left to plate Little, but Ole Miss escaped further damage.
Southpaw Caleb Wallingford worked around trouble over six innings, but Wallingford exited the game after posting his second-consecutive quality start. Wallingford allowed eight hits, walked two and hit a batter to strand 10 runners on base over six innings. Of the 10 runners stranded, seven were left standing in scoring position.
The Rebels used a leadoff double against freshman left-hander Ryan Garner in the seventh to get a run. After the double, a groundout moved the runner to third and a sacrifice fly to centerfield to plate the run. Garner kept the Rebels from scoring further, forcing a pop up after a two-out error. The Rebels run ended a streak of 19.2 innings in which the Tigers pitching staff had held Ole Miss scoreless.
Nolan Blackwood came in to pitch the eighth and ninth innings, shutting out Ole Miss by striking out two and not allowing any baserunners.
Rupiper led Memphis at the plate, going 2-for-4, while White was 1-for-2 with one run and one RBI. Griffin finished 1-for-3 with two RBI.