Tigers softball heads to Baton Rouge to open the season
Mix of returners and newcomers make up the pitching and catching staffs
Football graduating 10 Tigers.
Tigers recognized for GPA of 3.0 or higher during 2013-14 season.
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.
Memphis vs USF in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Houston, Texas on May 8, 2014,
Memphis Softball vs Louisville on May 4, 2014 at the Tigers Softball Complex. Senior Day. Photos by Joe Murphy
Memphis vs Alcorn State in a doubleheader on April 23, 2014 at the Tigers Softball Complex. Photos by Joe Murphy.
Memphis softball vs Temple on April 5, 2014 at the Tigers Softball Complex. Photos by Joe Murphy
Memphis Softball vs Austin Peay in a doubleheader on April 2, 2014. Photos by Joe Murphy
Holds runners to a .646 percentage in stealing bases, first in the school record books ... First in school history in career starts with 70 and career saves with five ... Also tops the Memphis charts in appearances with 93 and most innings pitched with 456.0 ... Has allowed just 2.04 walks per seven innings for the second-best average in school history ... Fourth-best all-time with 5.24 strikeouts per seven innings ... Tied for fourth in most runners caught stealing (15) ... Ranks fourth all-time in shutouts with six and is third in strikeouts with 341.
Named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Pitcher of the Week (Mar. 30) for the third time in her career ... Also named three times to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll (Feb. 24, Mar. 3, Apr. 7) ... Selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region Third Team ... Lead the team with 12 wins and a 2.89 ERA ... Appeared in 40 games in the circle and made 33 starts ... Posted 147 strikeouts in 203.1 innings pitched ... Pitched 19 complete games and recorded three saves ... Pitched six or more innings in 22 of those games ... She also had a season-high three home runs at the plate ... Picked up her first save of the season in relief with the win in extra innings over Boston College on Feb. 14 ... Recorded seven strikeouts and gave up one run in the second win over Boston College on Feb.15, 9-1 (5) ... Totaled 13 strikeouts and gave up one run in two games pitched during Blues City Classic (Feb. 21-Feb. 23) ... Hit her third career home run with a three-run shot against Jackson State on Mar. 12 ... Recorded 10 strikeouts with a 2.56 ERA in win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Mar. 14 ... Also hit a two-run home run against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, her second in three games at the plate ... Picked up her second save of the season in relief with a two strikeout, 1.0 inning pitched win over Austin Peay on Apr. 2 ... Picked up her third and eighth career save in relief as the Tigers won their first American Conference game with a 6-4 win over Temple on Apr. 5 ... Recorded four strikeouts in the second win over Temple on Apr. 6 ... The four strikeouts gave her 446 career strikeouts, passing Carly Hummel on the program's all-time career strikeout list ... She also picked up her 38th career win on Apr. 6 to move ahead of Hummel and Jenna Kubesch for the all-time wins leader at Memphis ... She followed with a 13 strikeout performance against UT Martin on Apr. 9 ... The 13 batters struck-out tied a career-high for most strikeouts in a single game (3x) ... Picked up three strikeouts in 10.0 innings pitched against Houston on Apr. 12 ... Hit a two-run home run in American Conference quarterfinal game against USF on May 8 ... Finished the season on a six-game hitting streak ... Also had four multi-hit games and two doubles at the plate in 2014.
Named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week on April 15 ... Twice named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Pitcher of the Week (Feb. 26, April 16) ... Pitched 11 innings during the week of Feb. 26, allowing just one run and striking out 19 in two appearances ... Led the team with 15 wins and a 3.12 ERA ... Appeared in 49 games in the circle and made 35 starts ... Posted 179 strikeouts in 240 innings pitched ... Pitched six or more innings in 25 of those games ... Picked up her fourth career save with two scoreless innings in relief against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 8 ... Tossed a complete-game, allowing one run and striking out 11 in a 2-1 victory over Indiana State on Feb. 22 ... Struck out 13 batters, matching a career high, in a complete-game victory against Alcorn State on March 20 ... Named to the Blues City Classic All-Tournament First Team ... Went 2-for-3 against Marshall on March 30 and against Belmont on April 2 ... Drove in two runs at the plate against Southern Miss on April 7 ... Pitched 10 or more innings on three separate occasions, including a career-high 10.1 against Marshall (March 29)and UL-Monroe (April 10), and pitched 10 innings against Central Arkansas (April 16) ... In earning the TSWA Pitcher of the Week for April 16, pitched 34.1 innings and struck out 22 batters while allowing just four runs ... Also had three RBI and three doubles at the plate during the 2013 season.
Appeared in 52 games, making 50 starts in the circle and as a designated hitter ... Led the team with a 3.06 ERA, 11-19 record and 150 strikeouts in 199.1 innings of work ... Tied for first in the conference with three saves ... Ranked third in the league in batters striking out looking (68), fourth in strikeouts (150) and ninth in earned run average ... Threw her first career no-hitter against Murray State (3/28) and also recorded the hit that led to the only run in the 1-0 win ... Ranked in the top-five in many Memphis single-season categories after 2012: 1.83 walks allowed per seven innings (3rd), three saves (1st), 39 appearances (2nd), 31 games started (2nd), 19 complete games (T3rd), seven games finished (T5th), 199.1 innings pitched (2nd), 150 strikeouts (5th), 68 strikeouts looking (1st), 879 batters faced (2nd) and 14 caught stealing by (4th) ... Hit .435 when leading off for the team and .667 when the bases were loaded ... Had a perfect fielding percentage on 21 throwing attempts ... Fourth on the team in hitting (.252) with 34 hits and 14 RBI ... Had nine multiple-hit games ... Gave up just two hits in seven innings, throwing 98 pitches in a 3-0 win over UCF (4/22) ... Had a season-best 13 strikeouts in a 3-2, 13-inning win over Southern Miss (3/31) ... Threw just 87 pitches in a 7-2 victory over UTEP (4/15) ... Totaled 10 strikeouts against Northern Iowa (2/25) while allowing just one walk ... Hit her first career home run against Boston University (3/4) a two-run shot, to finish 2-for-3 on the game ... Recorded half of the team's hits in a 1-0 win over Murray State (3/28), going 3-for-3 with a double ... Did not allow a base runner in three innings of work to earn her third save of the season against UTEP (4/14).
Played in 11 games with four starts in the circle and one appearance in relief ... Made six pinch hit appearances ... Had one multiple-hit game and one multiple-RBI contest ... Made her collegiate debut, starting in the circle against FIU ... Against Alabama A&M, tossed a complete-game shutout, striking out four and giving up just three hits for her first collegiate victory ... Pinch hit against Mississippi Valley State ... Combined in a 2-0 shutout against Mississippi Valley State, pitching the first 4.1 innings with three hits and three strikeouts ... Threw two-thirds of an inning in game two against Houston, allowing one earned run ... Pinch-hit twice against Tulsa ... Pitched a complete game against Alabama State, striking out five for her third win ... Made pinch hit appearances against Chattanooga and Alabama in the NCAA Regional Tournament.
Played first base and pitched for Loreto Normanhurst ... Led Loreto Normanhurst to the New South Whales (NSW) national championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010 ... Member of the U19 Australian squad since 2008 ... Played one season on the Australian schoolgirl's team that won the 2009 Schoolgirl NSW national championship.
Played for the Kissing Point Sports Club ... Coached by Bill Hollland.
Daughter of Les and Marianne Roberts ... Also played cricket at Loreto Normanhurst ... Received merits in math and religious education ... Major is physical and teacher education.