North Dakota State Earns 4-1 Comeback Victory over Memphis
Feb. 17, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. - A four-run sixth by North Dakota State erased an early advantage by the University of Memphis softball team in a 4-1 loss to end the LSU Purple & Gold Championship on Sunday morning.
The Tigers (2-8) had a short turnaround after finishing its game with No. 10 LSU after 11 p.m. on Saturday and then playing the 10 a.m. game on Sunday.
The Memphis pitching staff battled adversity in the first couple of innings. Amber Lindahl threw out her eighth batter trying to steal after a leadoff walk to start the game. She threw out two runners in the game giving her nine runners caught stealing out of 13 attempts. Later in the first, Laura Curtis threw Alex Sobrero out at the plate for the third out trying to score on a dropped popup on the left side.
In the second inning, North Dakota State loaded the bases on two walks and a bunt single to begin the frame. Jordan Richwood entered in relief of Sara Pearson. After giving up a walk to load the bases, Richwood struck out the side to end the inning scoreless.
Memphis took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Curtis hit a two-out double to left field. Jaye Smith followed with a ground ball to second that was bobbled on the transfer allowing Curtis to score from second.
The Bison scored four runs in the top sixth to take a 4-1 lead. Walks to two of the first three batters brought in Ellen Roberts in a save opportunity. But pinch hitter Jenina Ortega lined the first pitch down the left line for a bases clearing double to give NDSU its first lead. Katie Soukup then scored on a dropped ball error at first base after a controversial obstruction call at the plate. Logan Moreland drove in the fourth run with a single through the left side to score Brandi Enriquez.
Richwood (1-2) suffered the loss after giving up two runs in four and a third innings of relief. She allowed no hits with five strikeouts, but walked six. Whitney Johnson (3-2) earned the victory for NDSU.
Memphis returns home to host the annual Blues City Classic running from Friday-Sunday, February 22-24. The tournament will feature 12 teams and be played at Greenbrook Park in Southaven, Miss.