Memphis Falls Just Short of Upsetting No. 10 LSU
Feb. 16, 2013
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.