Memphis Falls to #2 Alabama 8-0 in Season Opener
Feb. 10, 2012
MOBILE, Ala. - The University of Memphis softball team opened the 2012 season with an 8-0 loss to #2 Alabama on Friday in the Mardi Gras Invitational.
Down 1-0 in the second inning, the Tigers had an opportunity to take a lead with the bases loaded and one out. A leadoff walk to Jessica Phillips, a single by Morgan Mosby and a catcher's interference on Alyssa Palmieri's at bat gave Memphis its biggest scoring threat in the game. But Alabama ace Jackie Traina struck out the next two batters to end the inning. The U of M failed to get another runner past second the remainder of the game.
Alabama took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after three-straight walks with one out. A fly ball to center by Traina scored Jennifer Fenton from third.
The Crimson Tide broke the game open in the bottom of the third inning with five runs on five hits and an error to give them a 6-0 lead. Amanda Locke hit a solo home run followed by a two-run shot from Kaila Hunt. Kayla Braud ended the scoring with a two-run single to left field.
Alabama scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning with two outs to earn the run-rule. Fenton knocked in the first run with a sacrifice fly and Locke hit a walk-off single to end the game. Locke finished the game 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
Carly Hummel suffered the loss for Memphis, giving up four runs on four hits in two and a third innings. Freshman Jordan Richwood pitched the final two and a third innings and gave up four runs, two earned, on four hits. Memphis walked nine in the game and struck out one.
Traina picked up the victory for Alabama after allowing one hit and two walks in five innings with seven strikeouts.
Memphis' second game of the day against tournament host South Alabama was rained out. As of now, there is no make up game scheduled. The Tigers continue their play in the tournament on Saturday against Jacksonville State at 12:30 p.m.
Game Notes: Kassy Dunn made her collegiate debut as a starter at designated player ... Freshmen Breslin Perry and Jordan Richwood also made their debuts in the game ... Ashleigh King started her first career game at left field ... Cheyenne Mascarenas made her first start since 2010 at third base ... Morgan Mosby collected her second career hit and first since March 10, 2010 with the only hit in the game for Memphis ... Memphis falls to 0-3 all-time against Alabama and are now 4-3 in season openers.