Dolfo Homers in 2-1 Loss to MSU
Feb. 22, 2008
For Immediate Release
Morehead State (6-0) 200 000 0 - 2 6 1 Memphis (5-5) 001 000 0 - 1 1 2 WP: Gjevre (3-0) LP: Valle (3-1) SV: None HR: (MSU) Quinn (2), (MEM) Dolfo (1)
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - Junior Leila Dolfo hit a solo home run for the University of Memphis softball team, but the Tigers failed to gain another hit in a 2-1 loss to Morehead State on Friday at Greenbrook Park in the Blues City Classic.
The Eagles took a 2-0 lead with a two-run shot just over the right field fence in the first inning by centerfield Kari Quinn. Quinn hit her second two-run homer of the day after belting one earlier against SEMO, a game she also pitched her second no-hitter in as many weeks.
"We have to be hitters," Memphis head coach Windy Thees said. "We have to go up there and hit because they scored on a walk and a home run, and that home run was on a ball about six inches outside. The last thing I said to my team is we don't have one girl on our team who would have swung at that, but we have about 10 girls on our team that would have been able to hit that home run too. That's the difference that we have to make that adjustment."
Dolfo hit her first home run of the season in the third inning with one out over the center field fence. Last year, the first baseman led the team with 11 home runs.
MSU pitcher Alex Gjevre (3-0) allowed just the one home run for her third win of the season. She walked five Tigers, while striking out seven. Freshman Janelle Valle (3-1) suffered the loss after scattering six hits and striking out five with one walk.
"I couldn't be more proud of Janelle," Thees said. "She threw really well today. (After the home run) they didn't get a hit out of the infield except a bloop hit to center. She's coming a long way. She's a tremendous kid. Our pitching staff are freshmen, but they are solid. This experience is just going to help them get better and better."
Memphis left eight runners on base and had runners in scoring position in three of the seven innings. Besides the home run, the Tigers never advanced a runner past second.
"The great thing about college softball right now is there is a lot of parity," Thees said. "All of the teams can beat each other on any given day. It's whatever team shows up; the team in the right state of mind, the team that gets the timely hit, plays solid defense, gets solid pitching. We didn't get that timely hit. We had runners on base but didn't get it. They got it early and they sat on it. They gave us opportunities to win it and our girls didn't have enough aggressiveness today to take that from them."
The Tigers got out of a couple jams defensively. In the fourth inning, Morehead State's Allie Honkofsky reached third with one out and was picked off by U of M catcher Kimmi Hayden. Hayden later threw Bri Jones out at second on a steal attempt.
Memphis continues to host the Blues City Classic on Saturday. The Tigers will face SEMO at noon and Alabama A&M at approximately 2:15. Both games can be followed live through Gametracker and live video is available through Memphis Tigers All-Access.