Tigers Earn Extra Inning Comeback Against Florida Gulf Coast
Feb. 9, 2008
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TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Memphis softball team won its first game of the season in extra innings with a 7-4 victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday night in the USF Wilson Invitational.
Earlier in the day, No. 13 Florida (4-0) used only four hits to score nine runs in five innings to beat Memphis, 9-0. The Gators took advantage of seven walks and a couple Memphis miscues to score four runs in the second, two in the fourth and three in the fifth.
The Tigers (1-3) scored three runs in the eighth inning to beat Florida Gulf Coast led by sophomore Leigh Rowan's second two-run homer in the game. Rowan ended the day 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI.
Freshman pitcher Rayna McClinton (1-0) earner her first collegiate victory after pitching the final three and two-thirds innings in relief. McClinton struck out five, including three in the seventh and eighth inning.
Memphis tied the game with two runs in the seventh inning to send the game into overtime. An overthrow on a sacrifice bunt by junior Tori Gross allowed runners to score from first and second and knot the game at four.
With the International Tie Breaker rule being used for the tournament, junior left fielder Leandra Hines started the eighth inning at second base. A wild pitch moved her to third allowing senior center fielder Lindsay Kelso to knock in the game-winning run on a groundout to third.
McClinton then pitched a perfect bottom half of the eighth, striking out Alisha Boyd looking to end the game.
Memphis took a 2-0 lead in the second inning after Rowan's first dinger, but FGCU scored one run without the luxury of a hit in the fourth and three runs and four-straight hits in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead.
Against Florida, junior Lyndsey Sterling earned her first career start and began by retiring the first four Gators in order. But a walk and two straight hits quickly loaded the bases for Florida in the second leading into a four run inning for the Gators.
Freshman Kimber Bossom pitched the remaining three and two-thirds innings and allowed five runs, one earned, on two hits and struck out three. Florida capped its scoring with three unearned runs in the fifth after a two-out single and two-straight walks loaded the bases. All three runners came around to score on three Memphis miscues in the inning.
The Tigers had four baserunners in the game and three singles. Memphis put a runner in scoring position in the fourth inning on back-to-back two-out singles by Kelso and junior catcher Kimmi Hayden.
The U of M will close out the UCF Wilson Invitational on Sunday against Bethune-Cookman at 10:30 a.m. (CST). Live stats are available through Gametracker at GoTigersGo.com.