Big First Inning Lifts @MemphisSoftball to Run-Rule Victory Over Boston College
Feb. 15, 2014
LAFAYETTE, La. -A six-run first inning propelled the University of Memphis softball team to a 9-1 run-rule victory over Boston College in five innings on Saturday morning.
After getting out of a bases loaded jam in the first half of the opening inning, the Tigers pounded out six runs on six hits to go up big on the Eagles at Teurling Catholic High School in the second day of the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational. The win is the second in the tournament against Boston College for Memphis who improves to 3-4 on the season.
Freshman Brittany Vaughn and sophomore Cierra Mangum led the Tigers with 2-for-3 efforts. The pair combined for four of the team's nine hits in the game. Vaughn has now hit safely in all seven games this season to open her collegiate career.
Freshman Haleigh Ross led the team with two RBI with both coming on her first collegiate single in the first inning. Senior Libby Goranson hit the team's first home run of the year with a solo blast to left center in the second inning.
Senior Ellen Roberts (1-2) recorded her first victory of the year with the complete game effort. Roberts allowed one run on five hits and five walks. She struck out seven and pitched out of three bases loaded jams through the first four innings.
Jordan Weed (0-1) suffered the loss for Boston College, giving up seven runs on seven hits through a little more than an inning.
Memphis opened the bottom half of the first with two walks and an infield single to load the bases. Following a fielder's choice out at home, senior Amber Lindahl, Mangum, sophomore Jaye Smith and Ross delivered four-straight singles to score the first five runs. Freshman Lindsay Crowdus later collected a RBI single after having her at bat extended due to an illegal pitch to make it 6-0 Memphis.
A solo home run by Goranson in the second made it 7-0 Memphis before BC scored its first run in the game in the third. Tory Speer hit a RBI double to center to score Jessie Daulton in the inning. The Eagles then loaded the bases with one out, but Roberts struck out Madison Paulson and Annie Sommers to limit the threat.
Memphis scored unearned runs in the third and fourth innings to complete its first run-rule victory of the season with an eight-run victory.
The Tigers continue its play in the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational later today when they face No. 20 Louisiana on its home field at approximately 4:30 p.m. today. Memphis concludes the tournament on Sunday with an 11:30 p.m. contest with Valparaiso.