@MemphisSoftball Bats Silent in 2-1 Loss to North Florida
Feb. 9, 2014
TROY, Ala. - Two first inning runs by North Florida were enough to defeat the University of Memphis softball team 2-1 on Sunday morning in the final game of the Troy Subway Invitational.
The Tigers (1-3) finished the season-opening tournament 1-3 with three of the four games decided by a run.
Nearly every time Memphis placed runners on base or in scoring position, Osprey pitcher Kaylie Wallace picked up a strikeout to end the threats. Wallace (1-1) finished with 10 strikeouts in the game and scattered three hits with a walk.
The Tigers scored their lone run in the top of the seventh. Sophomore Cierra Mangum began the inning with a single and advanced to third on a wild pitch and a sac bunt. A two-out throwing error at shortstop allowed Mangum to score from third, but a strikeout ended the game and the Tigers' hope of a comeback.
North Florida (4-1) scored two runs in the first inning on one hit. Danica Mandarano led off the frame with a walk, and after a hit by pitch scored on a double down the right field line by Marissa Thomas. A wild pitch later in the inning allowed Mariah Reynolds to score the second run.
Senior Ellen Roberts (0-1) suffered her first loss of the season, allowing two runs on two hits with five strikeouts and a walk.
Memphis will next travel to Lafayette, La., to take part in the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational hosted by Louisiana-Lafayette. The Tigers will open with No. 5 Michigan on Friday and also play No. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette, Valparaiso and two games with Boston College.