Lady Tigers Drop 12-1 Decision to Ranked Ragin' Cajuns
Feb. 11, 2006
LAFAYETTE, LA - UL-Lafayette used a three home run second inning to break open the game and hand Memphis its eventual 12-1 loss in the Lady Tigers' second game of the 20th Annual Louisiana Classic tournament here Saturday evening.
Memphis dropped to 1-1 on the year and will return Sunday to face Ole Miss at 10 a.m. and Grambling State at 12:30 p.m. The Lady Tigers defeated GSU earlier Saturday morning, 19-0.
Nicki Johnson started the game on the mound for Memphis. Cara Stiles made two great catches in centerfield, and Johnson struck out the third batter of the inning. Stiles opened the bottom of the inning with a hit, but was stranded on base, along with Kara Ross and Kimmi Hayden who both reached base on walks.
The 18th-ranked Ragin' Cajuns came alive in the top of the second, as Holly Tankersley led off the inning and went yard over the centerfield fence. Codi Runyan reached base on a single, and scored on a home run by Ashley Evans. Brittany Bryant followed Evans with another home run to advance the score to 4-0. With one out, Karli Hubbard hit a double before Johnson came out of the game. Jenna Kubesch came in to replace Johnson and gave up a walk and a hit before the Lady Tigers ended the inning with a double play.
With the Ragin' Cajuns leading 6-0 in the bottom of the third, Memphis' Kara Ross launched her first home run of the season over the leftfield wall with two outs in the inning, to close the gap, 6-1. It was the first run given up by ULL this season.
Memphis held ULL scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings, but the Ragin' Cajuns used a six-run sixth inning to run the Memphis deficit to 12-1.
Johnson was credited with the loss after giving up five runs on five hits in 1.1 innings of work. Kubesch ended the game with seven runs on nine hits. She walked four and struck out two of the 22 batters she faced. Lyndsey Sterling, who entered the game in the latter half of the sixth inning allowed just one hit to the three batters she faced in 0.2 innings of work.
Ashley Kirschberg picked up her first win on the mound, allowing just one run on four hits. She struck out eight and walked two in the ULL victory.
The Lady Tigers will have their first-ever home game next weekend, hosting the Lady Tiger Classic at Greenbrook Park in Southaven, Miss. Featured teams include Memphis, Southern, Alabama A&M and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Memphis' first game in the tournament will be against Southern at noon on Saturday, Feb. 18.