Mississippi State Spoils Memphis Late Lead with Big Inning
Feb. 12, 2012
Battling near freezing temperatures, the Tigers (1-2) jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the third inning and led 4-1 before MSU (4-0) rallied with two outs in the top of the sixth.
Control problems once again plagued Memphis ace Carly Hummel (0-2), but the junior battled back most of the game before the Bulldogs finally broke through late in the game. Mississippi State left nine runners on base through the first five innings and 11 runners on in the contest.
MSU loaded the bases in the first inning, but Hummel struck out Erin Nesbit to end the inning. The Tigers again escaped in the third with runners on second and third with one out. In the fourth after the Bulldogs loaded the bases with nobody out, Hummel struck out the side to get of that jam.
But after loading the bases again in the sixth with one out, MSU went on to score eight runs thanks to two bases loaded hit-by-pitch, a walk, and two base clearing hits.
Junior shortstop Morgan Mosby continued her hot start for the Tigers with a 3-for-4 performance and three RBI. Sophomore catcher Amber Lindahl went 1-for-2 for Memphis with an RBI and freshman Kassy Dunn hit a two-run pinch hit homer in the sixth inning for her first collegiate hit.
Hummel suffered the loss for the Tigers, finishing with seven strikeouts in five and two-third innings. She allowed six runs on four hits and walked six while hitting six batters. Four of the first nine runs scored by Mississippi State came on bases loaded walks or hit by pitch.
Lindsey Dunlap (1-0) earned the victory for Mississippi State in relief. She entered the game in the fifth and pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits with a pair of walks. Kylie Vry picked up the save with two innings of scoreless relief to close out the game.
Memphis took an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. After a two-out error allowed sophomore Ijiah Hargrove to reach safely and a walk loaded the bases, Mosby delivered a single to right to drive in the first two runs. Lindahl then followed with a bloop single to center to score a third run.
Mississippi State scored a run in the fifth inning on a bases loaded hit batter to Heidi Shape, but the Tigers countered with a run in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single by Mosby.
Memphis will next play tournament host South Alabama later today with a contest scheduled for 4:15 p.m.
Game Notes: Kassy Dunn had her first collegiate hit in the game, a two-run home run to left field ... Jami Miller made her first start for Memphis at third base ... Morgan Mosby had career highs in hits (3) and RBI (3) ... Ijiah Hargrove had a career best two stolen bases ... Amber Lindahl tied a career high with two runners caught stealing, both in the same inning (2nd) ... This was the first meeting between Memphis and Mississippi State.