Memphis Drops 3-0 Decision to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Feb. 10, 2013

1 7 R H E
TAMUCC (1-4) 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 4 3
Memphis (1-4) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  1  2
Hitting Leaders
Hits Runs BB
Lelani Bernardino 1 0 1
Ellen Roberts 0 0 2
Pitching Leaders
Ellen Roberts 7.0 4 3 3 4 6 26 32 138

AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Memphis softball team (1-4) could not get its offense going on the final day of the Texas Classic, finishing with just one hit in a 3-0 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (1-4).

The Islanders wasted little time in getting on the board as Meagan McKinney sent a pitch over the right field wall for a 1-0 TAMUCC lead. In the bottom frame, Lelani Bernardino reached base after being hit by a pitch. Bernardino then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error, but was stranded as TAMUCC's Constance Bradenburg fanned three Tigers in the inning.

The Islanders loaded the bases in the second off a walk, hit by pitch and fielding error to threaten with two outs. However, Memphis escaped the inning without any damage with an outfield fly to keep the score at 1-0.

In the third inning, TAMUCC extended its lead with a McKinney walk setting up a double from Valerie Perez to bring her home for a 2-0 Islander advantage.

Memphis put two runners on base in the fifth inning for the first time in the game as Amber Lindahl reached base on a fielding error to get the inning going for the Tigers. Bernardino then drew a full-count walk to put runners on first and second with two outs for Memphis. However, a grounder to the pitcher ended the Tigers' chances for a rally.

The Islanders added another run in the sixth with Katelyn Potts sending a full-count pitch to the center field wall for a triple. Lindsey Lyles then reached first on a Memphis error to score Potts and give TAMUCC a 3-0 advantage.

In the seventh, Memphis worked out of a bases loaded jam as Ellen Roberts struck out her sixth batter of the day to head to the bottom of the inning. With one final chance for the Tigers, Hannah Harrell kept Memphis alive after reaching first off an Islanders' fielding error with one out. Bernardino came up with Memphis' first hit of the game with a two-out single to center field to keep the team in the hunt, but a grounder to third base ended Memphis' chances for a comeback.

Bradenburg (1-2) earned the win for the Islanders with seven strikeouts and five walks in a complete game effort, while Roberts (0-3) took the loss with six strikeouts, four walks and four hits in seven innings of work.

Memphis will return to action next weekend at the LSU Purple & Gold Challenge in Baton Rouge, La., when the Tigers take on North Dakota State on Friday at 11:30 a.m.

Game Notes
Sara Pearson made her first appearance offensively on the season, starting as the designated player.
Lelani Bernardino moved into sole possession of third place in school history on the career hit by pitch list. She was hit to lead off the first inning and now has been hit 16 times, moving ahead of Maddie McKinley (2008-11). She is seven away from second place.
• Bernardino's steal in the first inning moved her into a tie for sixth in school history for career stolen bases with 22. She is tied with Alyssa Palmieri (2009-12) and four away from fifth place.
Lindsie Knowles made her collegiate debut as a pinch runner in the fifth inning.
Ellen Roberts tied her career high with two walks. It is the third time she has walked twice in a game with the last coming against Murray State on March 28, 2012. The last time a Memphis player had two walks in a game came against Tulsa on April 7, 2012 with Laura Curtis and Jessica Phillips both drawing a pair.
Ellen Roberts struck out a season high six batters.
• Memphis struck out a season high seven times.
• Memphis is now 1-1 all-time against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and 6-2 all-time against current members of the Southland Conference.



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