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Members of the 2012-13 University of Memphis softball team talk about their experience playing summer ball. Interviews with head coach Natalie Poole, senior outfielder Lelani Bernardino, junior pitcher Ellen Roberts and sophomore utility Sara Pearson.
The University of Memphis softball team opened up its 2012 fall team practices on Tuesday, September 11. Interviews with second-year Memphis head coach Natalie Poole and redshirt-senior outfielder Lelani Bernardino.
2013 Memphis Softball Portraits. Photos by Lindsey Lissau
Memphis softball at CBU on October 9, 2012 in a 8-2 victory.
Memphis vs. Team NPF on September 30, 2011.
Memphis vs. East Carolina in the C-USA Championship Tournament on May 12, 2011 in Greenville, N.C.
Memphis softball vs. Tulsa on April 2, 2011 at the Tiger Softball Complex in Memphis, Tenn.
Holds the ninth career-all-time batting average spot (.259) and the eighth spot for most at bats (452) and for most hits (117) ... Tied for eighth in most career doubles (19) and third in most triples (4) ... Sixth in highest career on base percentage (.352) and tied for ninth in highest stolen base percentage (.778) ... Sixth for most career stolen base attempts (27) and seventh highest career stolen bases (21).
Redshirted the 2012 season.
Started 48 games in left field ... Held the fifth highest on base percentage on the team (.327) and stolen base percentage (.875) ... Had a season long hitting streak of four games ... Recorded six multiple hit games and two multiple RBI contests ... Scored five game-winning runs and had two game-winning RBI ... Was 1-for-2 and scored the game-winning run against North Florida ... Had a two-run single against No. 22/24 Ohio State ... Scored the game-winning run against Appalachian State ... Hit her season's first double and scored twice, including the game-winning run in game two against Alabama A&M ... Scored twice against UC Davis, including the game winner ... Hit a solo home run in game one against Mississippi Valley State that proved to be the game winner ... Set a school record by walking four times in the series finale against UTEP and tying a career high with three runs scored ... Scored a run in both games at Marshall and knocked in two with a 2-for-4 performance in the second game of the series ... Had three hits, three runs scored, two RBI and a double in a doubleheader with Tennessee State ... Scored twice against Arkansas ... Went 2-for-3 with the game-winning RBI in the series finale against UCF ... Went 1-for-3 in the C-USA Tournament against East Carolina ... Went 4-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the Tigers' NCAA Regional victory against Chattanooga.
Named Second Team All-Conference USA ... Started in left field in all 51 games ... Went 1-for-2 in the season opener against Wichita State and scored two runs ... Hit her third career triple in the game ... Went 1-for-2 with an RBI and scored the game-winning run against Appalachian State ... Had her first multi-hit game of the season with a 2-for-3 effort against McNeese State ... Scored the game-winning run in the first inning of game one and had two runs scored and an RBI in the doubleheader ... Went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI against Drexel ... Doubled in the game ... Scored the game-winning run for the third time of the season ... Stole a career best two bases against Rutgers and had a sacrifice hit ... Went 1-for-2 with a double against Loyola ... Went 2-for-4 with a double against Virginia Tech and scored the game winning run in the first inning ... Had two hits with two runs scored in a doubleheader with North Florida ... Went 1-for-3 in game two against UCF, scoring the only Memphis run ... Went 2-for-5 with a run scored in the final two games of a three-game series with UTEP and had two walks in game two ... Singled in both games of a doubleheader with Saint Louis ... Went 1-for-2 with two walks in game one and threw out a runner at home to preserve a shutout ... Had four hits and five RBI in a three-game series at Tulsa ... Went 2-for-4 in game two against the Golden Hurricane and led off the game with her first career home run ... Went 2-for-3 in game three with a two-run double ... Had two hits, an RBI and two runs scored in a doubleheader against Mississippi Valley State ... Walked twice, scored a run and knocked in the game-winner with a sacrifice fly in game one ... Went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a triple in game two ... Had five hits with two doubles in a three-game series with Marshall ... Went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in game one ... Had a sac and a HBP in a 1-for-2 effort in game two ... Went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a stolen base in game three ... Doubled in game one of a three-game series with Houston ... Went 1-for-1 with three walks, an RBI and a run scored in game three ... Knocked in an RBI in game two against Alabama State ... Went 4-for-7 in a doubleheader with MTSU with an RBI and scored the game winner in game two ... Went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in game two against Southern Miss ... Also had a stolen base and an assist on a putout at home plate ... Had a single and five putouts in game three ... Went 1-for-3 with a single and reached on an error in neutral site game with Arkansas ... Went 4-for-10 in the three-game series ... Scored first run in 4-1 victory in game one against UAB ... Notched two multi-hit games in the UAB series to bring her total to 12 for the 2010 season ... Also scored a run in game two against the Blazers ... Stole her ninth base of the season in game three ... Recorded five putouts and two hits in the series with ECU ... Went 1-for-3 with walk and a run scored in the 5-1 victory over Tulsa at the C-USA Tournament ... Also recorded a stolen base in that game.
Named to the 2009 Conference USA All-Freshman Team, becoming the sixth Tiger to earn the selection ... One of only two players to start all 52 games ... Started 37 games in right field and 15 in left ... Had seven assists from the outfield ... Batted more than half the games in the leadoff spot ... Finished fifth in the conference in sac bunts ... Led the team in at bats (159), total plate appearances (189) and sac hits (12) ... Second on team in runs scored (28) and hits (42) ... Third on the team in walks (13), RBI (17) and total bases (52) ... Second on the team in multiple hit games with 13 and had two multiple RBI games ... Tied for the team's longest hitting streak of the season at nine games ... Made her college debut in a start in right field in the season opener against Jacksonville State ... Recorded her first hit against No. 2/3 Alabama ... Scored the winning run in a 2-for-4 performance against South Alabama ... Went 4-for-7 with five runs scored and an RBI in a doubleheader with Middle Tennessee ... Hit a career high two doubles in game two ... Went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and the game-winning RBI against Kennesaw State ... Tied a school record with a career high six at-bats against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and had two hits in the game with two runs scored and an RBI ... Knocked in the game-winning run with an RBI double in the fifth inning of game one against Central Arkansas ... Went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in game two ... Scored the game-winning run in the seventh inning of the final game against UTEP ... Went 2-for-3 against No. 9/11 Cal ... Went 2-for-3 in game two of a doubleheader with Southern Miss ... Went 4-for-7 in a doubleheader against UT Martin ... Went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in game one of a doubleheader against Marshall ... Scored the game-winning run in the eighth inning of game three to complete a series sweep over Houston ... Knocked in the winning run with a two-run double in a 2-1 victory over Samford ... Scored the game-winning run in the first inning of a 2-0 shutout against UCF ... Went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two sacrifice hits against UAB in the C-USA tournament.
Four-year letterwinner in the outfield at Valencia High School in Valencia, Calif. ... Coached by Donna Lee ... Led Valencia High to a Division 1 CIF national championship as a junior and a senior ... Valencia High ranked No. 1 in the country in 2007 and No. 9 nationally in 2008 ... The team ranked second in the state in 2008 ... As a senior, hit .427 with 18 RBI, 36 runs, 10 stolen bases and a .493 on base percentage, while helping her team to a 29-5-1 record ... Earned second team All-CIF, second team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-West Region, first team all-area, first team all-valley and first team all-league as a senior ... An honorable mention all-area, second team all-valley and second team all-league in 2007 ... Hit .384 with a .423 on base percentage, 15 runs and eight RBI as a junior, leading Valencia to a 32-1 record ... Helped Valencia win the Foothill League Championship four times and helped the team finish as a CIF Division 1 finalist as a freshman ... Also lettered one year in basketball as a forward.
Played travel ball with the So Cal Choppers Gold team in 2006-07 coached by Dean and Gary Faucet ... So Cal Choppers finished third at the ASA 18U Gold Nationals after placing first in the ASA Champions Cup and fifth at the Indy Tournament ... Began competing in summer softball beginning in 1995 ... William S. Hart 10U Gold Tournament Team was the ASA "B" national finalist in 2000, and her So Cal Kaos 12U team placed fifth at the Triple Crown Nationals in 2002.
Full name is Lelani Hannah Bernardino ... Daughter of Danny and Polly Bernardino ... Nickname is Lani or Lotty Dotty ... Besides softball and basketball, also played soccer for seven years, competed on swim teams, taken private skiing lessons beginning at the age of three and taken hula dancing lessons ... Received her bachelor's degree from the University of Memphis in May 2012 ... Working toward a second degree in teaching all learners.