April 16, 2024

Memphis Claws Back to Victory: Coach Riser Celebrates First Win at JSU

Photo Credits - Brock Busick - Memphis Baseball

 Tigers Claw Back to Victory: Coach Riser Celebrates First Win at JSU

After a season-opening loss, 6-5, in 13 innings, Memphis Baseball was looking for redemption in game two. Saturday’s showdown at Rudy Abbott Field at Jim Case Stadium marked a pivotal moment for the University of Memphis baseball team and their new head coach Matt Riser, as they secured a hard-fought 7-4 victory over Jacksonville State to level the series. Riser relished his first triumph leading the Tigers, an accomplishment that also represents the 321st win of his notable career.

Photo Credits – Brock Busick – Memphis Baseball

The day’s action unfolded with Memphis showcasing their resilience and determination. Riser praised his team’s recovery from their previous encounter, saying, “I was proud of how the guys bounced back after a tough game last night, they came out with the right energy from the get-go.” The coach emphasized the significance of “big plays in some big moments” and the importance of finishing strong, elements that were on full display during this contest.

The Tigers roared into the lead early with Austin Baskin‘s double driving in Jacob Compton in the first inning. However, Jacksonville State quickly clawed back, tying the game 1-1. Memphis’ power at the plate was evident as Compton and Aaron Smigelski blasted home runs, with Pierre Seals and Alex Fernandes contributing crucial RBIs.

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While the Gamecocks’ Bear Madliak added a pair of RBI singles to keep the pressure on, the Tigers’ bullpen held firm. JT Durham, emerging from relief, clinched the win, with Brayden Sanders securing his first save amid tense moments in the ninth.

Noteworthy performances included Luke Ellis‘ solid four innings start, Baskin’s consistent batting, and the debut of Seth Cox on the mound, who delivered an impressive inning featuring two strikeouts. Daunte Stuart also shined with a 419-foot homer, exemplifying the team’s offensive prowess.

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Looking ahead, the Tigers are poised for the series finale and the decisive rubber match on Sunday afternoon. The spotlight will be on sophomore RHP Caden Robinson as he makes his anticipated season debut, with the Tigers aiming to carry the momentum from today’s victory and clinch the series win.

It’s a promising time for Memphis baseball as Coach Riser’s leadership begins to take effect, and the Tigers’ performance at Jacksonville State serves as a testament to their growing potential under his guidance.

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