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Tigers top Herd twice in Memphis

May. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

MEMPHIS -- Memphis struck for three runs each in the fifth and six innings to pull away for a 9-6 victory over Marshall and a sweep of Saturday's Conference USA baseball doubleheader at FedEx Park.

The Tigers (29-19, 11-9 C-USA) won the opener, 1-0.

In the fifth, Keaton Aldridge belted a two-out three-run homer to rightfield to give Memphis a 6-2 lead. Ford Wilson followed with a double, then the teams had to wait out a 2:27 rain delay.

In the sixth, Tucker Tubbs had an RBI single and Drew Griffin drilled brought two runs home with a bases-loaded double to stretch the lead to 9-2. Sam Moll went the first five innings for the Tigers. After the rain delay, his day was done.

Marshall (18-28, 5-12 C-USA) managed to load the bases with one out in the seventh, but Memphis reliever Clayton Gant allowed just one run. The Thundering Herd added three in the ninth, but Craig Caufield got the final out for the save.

Eric Escobedo knocked in two runs for Marshall.

In the opener, the Tigers got the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a wild pitch. Eric Schoenrock tossed the shutout, the ninth of the season for the Memphis staff. That ties the 1975 team for the second-most shutouts in program history.

The sweep is the first for the Tigers since March 17, 2012 against Siena and the first in C-USA games since April 16, 2011 at UAB. This is the first time Memphis won a home series against the Herd in the series between the two teams.

The teams wrap up the series Sunday at 2 p.m.