Five Run Fourth Boosts Memphis in Victory Over Kennesaw State
Feb. 21, 2009
For Immediate Release
Kennesaw State (5-6) 001 100 2 - 4 7 0 Memphis (6-6) 200 500 x - 7 8 0 W: Bossom (2-1). L: Cross (2-3) HR: KSU - Kulk (2), MEM - Mott (3)
MARIETTA, Ga. - Extra base hits by Heather Mott and Nikki Moreno propelled the University of Memphis softball team to a five-run fourth inning, helping the Tigers beat Kennesaw State 7-4 in the K-Club Classic on Saturday night.
Moreno hit her second double of the day to right center that scored two runs and began the big inning for the Tigers (6-6). After an RBI single by Lelani Bernardino, Mott drilled her third home run of the season over the right center fence to score two more.
Both Bernardino and Mott finished 2-for-3 in the game with two runs scored. Junior Vanessa Walle also went 2-for-3 against the tournament host and had a two-run single in the first inning.
Sophomore Kimber Bossom (2-1) earned her second victory of the season. The right hander allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out six.
Memphis took an early 2-0 lead on Walle's two-run single in the first. KSU countered with a solo home run by Kelsey Kulk in the third inning and then tied the game in the fourth on a RBI single by Amanda Burns.
The Tigers took back the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth, scoring five runs on four hits.
Kennesaw State scored two runs in the top of the seventh and brought the tying run to the plate with two outs, but U of M third baseman Maddie McKinley snagged a sharp hit ground ball to retire the final out at first. McKinley served as a vacuum at third, making diving stops and finishing with seven assists.
Jessica Cross suffered the loss for the Owls after allowing seven runs on six hits in four innings.
Memphis will conclude the tournament on Sunday against Miami (OH). The game originally scheduled to be played at All Tournament Player Park at 11 a.m. has been moved to KSU's campus field at 1 p.m. (EST) due to expected inclement weather overnight. The game will follow Kennesaw State's 11 a.m. contest against Iowa.