Memphis Softball Shut Out by USF
Feb. 8, 2008
For Immediate Release
Memphis (0-2) 000 000 0 - 0 1 2 USF (2-0) 012 130 x - 7 7 6 Win - Mosch (2-0) Loss - Bossom (0-1) Save - None. 2B - UCF: Mosch
TAMPA, Fla. - A short-staffed South Florida softball team held the University of Memphis to one hit in a 7-0 shutout over the Tigers on Friday at the USF Wilson Invitational.
Memphis (0-2) dropped both games in the tournament to open the season after losing 8-5 to Illinois earlier in the day despite taking a 5-0 lead after two innings.
USF (2-0) played the first two games of its tournament with 10 eligible players after Bulls head coach Kein Eriksen suspended 12 players for the day after violating team rules. But USF senior pitcher Courtney Mosch was nearly untouchable on Friday, allowing Memphis to just one hit for her second shutout of the day. She also knocked in two runs with a double and scored twice in the game.
Sloppy fielding by the Bulls provided several scoring opportunities for the Tigers who left eight runners on base. Memphis loaded the bases with two outs in the third and had runners in scoring position in four of the seven innings.
Junior first baseman Leila Dolfo broke up Mosch's no-hit attempt to lead off the fifth inning for the Tigers' only hit in the game. Mosch struck out five in the game and improved to 2-0.
Freshman Kimber Bossom suffered the loss in her collegiate debut. Bossom allowed four earned runs on six hits with four walks and a strikeout. Freshman Janelle Valle pitched the final two innings in relief, giving up one hit and no runs.
The Bulls captured the game winner with a run in the second after leading off the inning with two-straight hit batters. USF then scored two runs in the third, one in the fourth and three unearned in the fifth.
Memphis will next play No. 13 Florida on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Bethune-Cookman at 8 p.m. in game two of the USF Wilson Invitational. Live stats are available through Gametracker at GoTigersGo.com