@MemphisSoftball Falls in Extra Innings to Kennesaw State
Feb. 8, 2014
TROY, Ala. - Kennesaw State defeated the University of Memphis softball team in extra innings, 4-3, Saturday morning in the Troy Subway Invitational.
Down 4-3, the Tigers loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the eighth, but failed to plate a run in the inning.
Memphis never trailed in the game until KSU's Megan Veringa hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to put the Owls up 3-2. The Tigers countered with a run in the bottom of the inning to send the game into extra frames. Kennesaw State scored the go ahead run in the top of the eighth with the international tiebreaker rule in effect.
After a slow start, the Tigers (1-1) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Senior second baseman Kelly Braman reached base to lead off the inning on an error. A single and a sac bunt advanced her to third where she later scored on an infield two-out single by Hargrove.
Kennesaw State (2- 1) countered with a run in the top of the fifth. Missy Perkowski led off the inning with a single and pinch runner Natalie Rhodes scored on a bases loaded fielder's choice by Kara Chambers.
Sophomore Lindsie Knowles scored a run for the Tigers in the bottom of the sixth on a single by freshman outfielder Lindsay Crowdus to give Memphis back its one-run lead. Three outs away from a victory, Veringa put KSU on top for the first time in the game with a two-run homer.
Sara Sikes scored the winning run for the Owls in the eighth inning on a single by Alexis Collis.
The Tigers left a total of 14 runners on base in the game to the Owls nine. Freshman Calli Irvin suffered the loss after giving up an unearned run in an inning and two-third. Senior Ellen Roberts started the game for Memphis in the circle and allowed three runs on nine hits with four strikeouts in six and a third innings.
Memphis next takes on the tournament host, Troy, later today at 5 p.m. The Tigers conclude the tournament on Sunday against North Florida at 9:30 a.m.