Hummel's No-Hitter Gives Thees 300th Victory
Feb. 11, 2011
MIAMI, Fla. - Sophomore pitcher Carly Hummel tossed the sixth no-hitter in program history to lead the University of Memphis softball team to a 3-0 season-opening victory over North Florida at the FIU Combat Classic. With the win, head coach Windy Thees collected her 300th career victory.
Hummel records her first career no-hitter after narrowly missing in her freshman season. The Bakersfield, Calif., native had four one-hitters in her freshman campaign. Hummel finished the game with eight strikeouts, four walks and one hit batter.
The no-hitter was the first by a Memphis pitcher since Kimber Bossom threw a six-inning no-hitter against Alabama A&M on March 12, 2008. Jenna Kubesch picked up a no-hitter on April 12, 2007 against Alcorn State, the last seven-inning no-hitter for the Tigers.
Left fielder Lelani Bernardino and designated player Kailey Kassner each went 1-2 in the victory as Memphis finished the game with three runs on two hits. The Tigers got on the board early and with the gem in the circle by Carly Hummel, first inning runs would be all that Memphis needed. After a lead-off walk Bernardino, Ijiah Hargrove laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Bernardino to second. After falling behind in the count 1-2, Maddie McKinley earned a walk to set up Heather Mott with two runners on and one out. Mott hit a grounder to second base and reached first on a fielder's choice by UNF second baseman Chie Someya after she failed to tag McKinley in the base path.
Senior designated player Kassner drove a 3-2 pitch down the right field line to drive in Bernardino and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. After a strikeout of Kamri Chester, freshman Libby Goranson stepped to the plate for her first career at-bat. Goranson drew a two-out walk and earned her first career RBI to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Alyssa Palmieri was next at the plate and on a 1-0 pitch, UNF catcher Jackie Reese let a ball tip off her glove and Mott avoided the tag and scored to give Memphis a 3-0 lead after one inning.
Hummel pitched out of trouble in the fifth inning after a hit batter and a walk with one out in the frame. With two runners on and two out, North Florida sent pinch-hitter Mariah Reynolds to the plate. On a 2-2 pitch, Reynolds lined a pitch to third base and the Tiger third baseman Hargrove stepped to her left and snagged the liner for the out and threw quickly to second to record the double-play and end the North Florida scoring threat.
The Tigers play game-two of the three-day tournament at 2 p.m. (EST) against DePaul at the FIU Softball Complex.
Game Notes: Ijiah Hargrove (3B) and Libby Goranson (1B) received a start in their respective collegiate debut's... The Tigers and Ospreys met for the third time on Friday after the squads first met in Jacksonville, Fla., for a doubleheader a season ago and with the win today improve to 2-1 all-time against the North Florida... Memphis improves to 4-2 in season-openers and 40-38 all-time in tournament play... In the sunshine state, Memphis improves to 11-18 and 8-10 in tournament games in the state of Florida...The 3-0 shutout victory is the second shutout to open a season after the Tigers first game in school history was a 19-0 win over Grambling State.