Memphis Falls in Extra Innings to No. 7 LSU
Feb. 11, 2007
For Immediate Release
#7 LSU (6-0) 010 001 005 -- 7 9 3 Memphis (4-2) 001 001 000 -- 2 2 0 2B - (LSU) A. Smith (1, 2). (MEM) B. McNulty (3) 3B - (LSU) L. Klein (1). HR - (LSU) Q. Duhan (2), K. Hobbs (4). (MEM) H. Mott (4) WP - D. Hofer (2-0). LP - N. Johnson (2-1). Save - None.
BATON ROUGE, La. - In a pitching duel with No. 7 LSU, the University of Memphis softball team kept battling back before allowing a five run ninth inning to fall 7-2 in the championship game of the Easton Tiger Classic on Sunday at Tiger Park.
The Lady Tigers (4-2) managed only two hits off LSU hurler Dani Hofer in the extra inning thriller, but answered with a run every time LSU (6-0) scored in regulation. Hofer struck out 14 in the game.
LSU took its first one-run lead in the second inning. Quinlan Duhon led off the inning with the game's first hit and was replaced by pinch runner Dee Dee Henderson. Henderson stole second and scored on a two-out double by Andrea Smith.
Memphis then tied the score at one in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, sophomore speedster Leandra Hines laid down a bunt that the third baseman threw away. Hines went all the way to third on the error. With two outs and a two-strike count on sophomore Kimmi Hayden, Hines drew a pickoff throw from the catcher that got away from the third baseman and resulted in a Lady Tiger score.
A leadoff homer in the sixth inning gave LSU its one-run lead back. Duhan led off with her second home run of the season and third-straight hit in the game. However, Memphis freshman shortstop Heather Mott tied the game back up with a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth. The home run to deep center is her fourth of the season and third in the day and broke up Hoffer's no-hit attempt.
Memphis threatened to end the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Lady Tigers loaded the bases with two outs after an error and two walks, but was unable to score.
Senior pitcher Nicki Johnson (2-1) pitched well for Memphis through the first eight innings before allowing five runs in the ninth. A walk, a single and a hit batter loaded the bases for LSU with one out. Tayl'r Hollis then drew a walk to bring in a run. Kristen Hobbs then followed with a grand slam, her fourth home run in the tournament. Until the bases clearing homer, LSU had stranded 11 base runners in the game.
Memphis will next host its first home game of the season when it brings in Alcorn State for a doubleheader on Valentines Day, Feb. 14. The game will take place at Greenbrook Park in Southaven, Miss., beginning at 2 p.m.