Memphis prevails in 15 innings thanks to Kane Barrow's home run vs. UConn
STORRS, Conn. -- Kane Barrow blasted a two-run home run in the top of the 15th inning to break up a 1-1 tie and give Memphis a 3-1 series-clinching win at Connecticut Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers and Huskies played a full nine innings without scoring before both teams plated one run in the tenth to extend the game.
Connor Alexander started for Memphis and pitched a career-high eight scoreless innings, allowing just six hits and one walk. He struck out five batters.
Nolan Blackwod was outstanding in relief for the Tigers. He allowed just three hits in six scoreless innings with one strikeout.
UConn starter Jordan Tabakman scattered eight hits over six innings of work. The Huskies went to the bullpen earlier than Memphis, getting one out from Devin Over before 2 2/3 innings from Nico Darras.
Barrow was 3-for-7 at the plate and drove in all three of the Tigers' runs in the game.
Memphis' senior left fielder also provided some defensive heroics in the bottom of the eighth inning, throwing out a runner at the plate to keep the game scoreless.
For the fist time in the series, UConn held Memphis off the board in the top of the first inning. The Tigers threatened with one-out singles byZach Schritenthal and Kane Barrow but nothing more.
Both teams had numerous chances in the game with Memphis stranding 10 base runners and UConn leaving nine on base.
UConn went to the bullpen to start the seventh inning and Over allowed a one-out double to Jake Overbey. Darien Tubbs and Schritenthal both walked to load the bases with one out. The Huskies went back to the bullpen, calling on Darras, who induced an inning-ending double play.
Darien Tubbs reached on an error to start the top of the 10th inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Schritenthal. Tubbs then stole third base and scored on an RBI groundout by Barrow.
Blake Myers pitched a scoreless ninth inning in relief for Memphis but walked the lead-off batter, Bryan Daniello in the 10th and was replaced by Nolan Blackwood.
Daniello was sacrificed to second and scored on an RBI-single by Joe Deroche-Duffin to extend the game.
In the 15th Overbey reached on an error and was pinch-run for by Carlos Williams, who was sacrificed to second and advanced to third on a fly out. Barrow drove him in with the game-winning homer to straight away center.