Memphis Falls Just Short of Upsetting No. 10 LSU

Feb. 16, 2013

1 7 R H E
Memphis (2-7) 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 9 1
#10/11 LSU (9-1) 2 0 0 0 0 2 5  9  1
Hitting Leaders
Hits Runs RBI
Morgan Mosby 3 0 2
Amber Lindahl 1 0 2
Cierra Mangum 1 1 0
Pitching Leaders
Ellen Roberts 6.2 9 5 4 1 3 27 31 112

BATON ROUGE, La. - The University of Memphis softball team came one out from capturing the programs first win over a top 10 team late Saturday night, but LSU rallied to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim a 5-4 win.

LSU (9-1) scored three runs in the first two innings to take an early 3-0 lead. But Memphis (2-7) kept battling and used big hits in the fifth and sixth innings to score four runs and take a 4-3 lead.

The U of M kept its lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning and needed one out for the win. But Blanka Bell hit a two-out single through the right side to score A.J. Andrews from second to tie the game. Jacee Blades then came in to score the walk-off winning run on a wild pitch.

Senior second baseman Morgan Mosby led Memphis with a 3-for-4 performance. Mosby delivered a two-run triple in the fifth inning. Memphis collected nine hits in the game, including four doubles and a triple. Junior catcher Amber Lindahl drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on a two-run double.

Battling flu-like symptoms, Ellen Roberts (0-5) battled LSU in the circle. She retired 11-straight between the third and sixth innings and allowed four earned runs on nine hits.

LSU took an early one-run lead in the bottom of the first. Andrews led off the inning being hit by the pitch and came around to score on a single by Tammy Wray.

The LSU Tigers scored two more runs in the bottom of the second to increase its lead to 3-0. LSU began the inning with a walk and a single allowing Andrews to single in Lauren Houston and Blades to drive in a run with a sacrifice fly.

An error and a walk put two Memphis players on base in the top of the fifth. Mosby used her third hit of the game to drive in both runners with a triple to right center and bring the U of M within one.

In the top of the sixth, Jaye Smith led off with a single and Libby Goranson delivered a pinch hit double to left to put runners on second and third. Lindahl then drove in both runs with a double to right center.

Following the double by Lindahl, LSU brought in its All-American pitcher Rachele Fico who retired the next five-straight batters. Fico (6-0) picked up the win in relief.

Memphis completes the LSU Purple & Gold Challenge on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. against North Dakota State.

Game Notes

  • Lindsie Knowles made her first collegiate start, starting in right field.
  • Cierra Mangum had her first career double in the second inning to center.
  • Leilani Bernardino moved into a tie for sixth in school history for career doubles with 21. She hit her second double of the season to leadoff the third inning.
  • Morgan Mosby had her second multi-hit game of the season and 20th of her career with a pair of singles and a triple. It is her seventh game with three hits or more
  • Mosby hit her third career triple and first of the year in the fifth inning to drive in two runs. The RBI were her second and third of the year, giving her 19 for her career.
  • Lelani Bernardino scored her second run of the season and 76th of her career in the fifth inning.
  • Wheeler Hill scored the second run of the season in the fifth inning as a pinch runner.
  • Libby Goranson doubled to left in a pinch hit appearance in the sixth for her first hit of the season. It is the fifth double of her career.
  • Amber Lindahl hit her first double of the season and fifth of her career to drive in two runs in the sixth. The RBI are her first two of the season and give her 12 in her career.
  • Lindsie Knowles scored the first run of her career in the sixth inning.
  • Cierra Mangum scored her second run of the season in the sixth inning.



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