Despite Hummel's 12 strikeouts, Wichita State rallies in seventh to upend Memphis, 4-1
Feb. 13, 2010
For Immediate Release
MEMPHIS - Wichita State pulled together a three-run seventh inning rally to beat the University of Memphis softball team, 4-1, in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday night.
The loss spoiled an impressive college debut by Tiger pitcher Carly Hummel (0-1), who struck out a Memphis freshman record 12 batters. The 12 K's also ranks in a tie for the second highest total in school history behind former ace Jenna Kubesch's 13 strikeouts against Alcorn State in 2007.
Memphis (1-1) scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 1-0 lead. Heather Mott scored the lone U of M run after leading off the inning with a double down the left field line.
The redshirt junior, who is returning after shoulder surgery forced her to miss most of the 2009 season, scored on an RBI ground out from Leigh Rowan. Rowan finished the day with six RBI after knocking in a career best five runs in game one's 11-2 Memphis victory.
The Shockers (1-1) knotted the game at one in the top of the fifth inning after Lindsie Mitts scored from second on a single by Kara L'Huillier. The Tigers had a possible play at the plate on Mitts, but the throw from left sailed into the backstop.
Wichita State then scored three runs in the top of the seventh on three hits led by a bases clearing one-out double by L'Huillier, who knocked in all four runs for WSU.
Jessica Phillips led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a double, but the Tigers failed to advance her past third to end the game. Phillips finished the two games with three extra base hits; two homers in game one and a double in game two.
Jamie Hull (1-0) picked up the victory for the Shockers after allowing one hit with two strikeouts in the final two innings. Katie Armagost pitched the first five frames for WSU and allowed one run on three hits.
Hummel allowed four runs on six hits and allowed one walk and four hit batters.
The doubleheader with Wichita State comes after the Tigers original opening day start in the Centenary Spring Tournament in Shreveport, La., was canceled due to snow. The two teams originally were to meet in the tournament on Friday, and scheduled the last minute match-up in Memphis as a result of the inclement weather.
The games marked the first time the Tigers have started the season at home.
Memphis will next host the fourth annual Blues City Classic beginning on Friday, February 19, at the Tiger Softball Complex. The tournament will feature six teams battling over three days for the tournament title.