Memphis Ends Losing Skid with 3-2 Win over Nicholls State
Feb. 16, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. - The University of Memphis softball team's (2-6) offense came alive on the second day of the LSU Purple & Gold Challenge as they posted a 3-2 win over Nicholls State (4-3) to end a five-game losing skid.
Memphis attacked the Colonels early as Lelani Bernardino and Hannah Harrell led off with singles for the Tigers. A walk by Laura Curtis loaded the bases with one out before Sara Pearson reached on a fielder's choice to score Harrell for a 1-0 Memphis lead.
NSU began the bottom of the first with a walk, but Amber Lindahl gunned down her seventh runner caught stealing of the season to set a new school career record with 31. The Colonels drew two more walks and added a single up the middle for a chance to get on the board. However, Bernardino's throw to Lindahl at the plate kept Memphis in front 1-0.
The Tigers added another run in the second inning with Bernardino reaching base after a fielding error in the NSU outfield to score Cierra Mangum from second. In the third inning, the Colonels began the inning with a single and a walk to put runners on with no outs. The Tigers worked out of the inning by keeping the ball in the infield and Jordan Richwood fanning a Colonel for the final out.
NSU loaded the bases in the fifth with two walks and a single to force the Tigers to bring in Ellen Roberts with one out. The Colonels managed to get one run across the plate with a sac fly to left field before Roberts struck out the next batter to help Memphis hold on to a 2-1 lead.
Jaye Smith got her second hit of the day in the sixth inning with a leadoff single to right field. Pinch runner Jami Miller stole second and advanced to third with a bunt by Harrell before scoring off a fielding error by the NSU infield to increase their lead to 3-1.
The Colonels added their second run of the day in the bottom of the seventh as Danielle Phillips came home to score off a sac fly to center field after getting on base with a single to right field. With two outs, Curtis ended the game for Memphis by catching a pop fly to give Memphis a 3-2 win.
Richwood (1-1) earned the win for Memphis while Roberts picked up her second save of the season. Harrell, Pearson and Smith each finished with two hits apiece to lead the Tigers.
Memphis returns to action tonight at 7:30 p.m. against No. 10/11 LSU.