Memphis Wins Two in Blues City Classic
Feb. 23, 2008
For Immediate Release
Alabama A&M (1-3) 000 000 0 - 0 3 1 Memphis (7-5) 131 001 x - 6 7 1 WP: Valle (4-1) LP: Miles (1-2) HR: (MEM) Dolfo (2), Rowan (4), Nance (2), Kassner (1) 2B: (AAMU) Mack (1). (MEM) Gooch (1)
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - The University of Memphis softball team earned two victories in day two of the Blues City Classic on Saturday at Groonbrook Park. The Tigers beat Southeast Missouri, 3-1, in the opening game and followed it with a 6-0 shutout over Alabama A&M.
Memphis improves to 7-5 on the season with the two victories and will close out its tournament on Sunday at noon against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Senior third baseman Melissa Nance led the team with four RBI in the two games. Nance hit a two-run home run against Alabama A&M and had a two-run single against SEMO. The Tigers hit four home runs total against the Bulldogs. Senior Leila Dolfo hit her second against AAMU, sophomore Leigh Rowan hit her team-leading fourth and freshman Kailey Kassner hit her first collegiate long ball.
Freshman Kimber Bossom earned the victory against the Redhawks after pitching all seven innings. She allowed one run on three hits and had one strike out to improve to 2-2 on the season.
Freshman Janelle Valle (4-1) won her team-leading fourth game of the season against Alabama A&M and first career complete-game shutout. Valle allowed no runs on three hits with three strikeouts in seven innings of work.
The Tigers scored all three of its runs against SEMO in the first inning. Dolfo and junior Leandra Hines led off the game with back-to-back singles and redshirt freshman Heather Mott walked to load the bases. A fielding error by third base allowed Dolfo to score the first run, and it was followed by a two-run single from Nance.
In the second game against Alabama A&M after Dolfo led off the game with a solo shot in the first inning, Memphis scored three runs in the second after a two-run homer by Nance, followed by a solo shot from Kassner. Mott scored a fifth run in the third inning on an RBI single by Rowan who later added a solo shot in the sixth.