Memphis Pitching Strikes out 14 as Tigers Beat Detroit, 6-1
Feb. 23, 2013
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - Pitching again dominated for the University of Memphis softball team as the Tigers defeated Detroit 6-1 on Saturday in day two of the Blues City Classic at Greenbrook Park.
Memphis (4-8) pitchers Ellen Roberts and Jordan Richwoodcombined for 14 strikeouts in the victory, tying for fifth in school history. Memphis used a four-run fourth inning to give the team a 6-0 lead and help the Tigers cruise to its second-straight victory in the tournament.
Roberts (2-5) pitched the first four innings and struck out eight for the victory. She allowed no runs on two hits and walked one. Richwood entered in relief in the fifth inning and struck out six in three innings of work. She allowed one run on two hits for her first career save.
Breslin Perrywent 2-for-3 with two runs scored. She was one of three Tigers to record multiple hits in the game.
Memphis took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Hannah Harrell had a bloop one-out single up the middle and after stealing second, advanced to third on a single by Morgan Mosby. She then came around to score on a wild pitch.
Perry gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead in the top 3rd. She hit her first career double to lead off the inning and later scored from third on a single up the middle by Mosby. The RBI is a team high fourth for the senior second baseman.
Memphis broke the game open with four two-out runs in the top of the fourth inning to give the team a 6-0 lead. Three-straight singles scored the first run with Lelani Bernardino driving in her first run of the season with a single to left. After Libby Goransonwas hit by the pitch to load the bases, two runs came around to score on an error at first base off a ball hit by Roberts. The Tigers scored its third unearned run in the inning on a second error at first base on a dropped ball.
Detroit (2-7) scored its lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Alyssa Schamb led off the inning with an infield single and eventually came around to score on a couple wild pitches.
Julia Maksym (0-5) suffered the loss for the Titans. She allowed four runs on six hits in three and two-third innings pitched.
Memphis concludes the Blues City Classic on Sunday. The Tigers will play Southeast Missouri at 2:30 p.m.