Memphis Splits Final Day of Blues City Classic
Feb. 25, 2007
For Immediate Release
Evansville (7-1) 120 011 2 - 7 8 2 Memphis (7-6) 010 000 0 - 1 4 1 W: Murphy (3-1). Loss: Kubesch (4-3). Save: None. 2B: (EVAN) Rather (1). HR: (EVAN) Mooney (5), Rather (2).
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - The University of Memphis softball team split its final two games of the Blues City Classic on Sunday at Greenbrook Park to place second in the tournament. The Lady Tigers fell to tournament champion Evansville, 7-1, and then beat Alabama A&M, 7-4, to finish 3-1 in the classic and improve to 8-6 overall.
Ross went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the Lady Tigers' victory over Alabama A&M (0-13). Sophomore Leila Dolfo scored the winning run for Memphis in the third inning on a two-run single by freshman outfielder Leigh Rowan, who started her first game of the season.
Kubesch (5-3) picked up her second win of the tournament after pitching 5 and 2/3rd innings of relief for her fifth win. The Weimer, Texas, native allowed two runs on three hits and matched a career high with 10 strikeouts, while also knocking in her first RBI of the season. Dolfo started the game and pitched an inning and a third without allowing a hit. The sophomore allowed two runs on three walks and had one strikeout. The 11 Memphis strikeouts is a program best.
Memphis scored five unearned runs off Alabama A&M starter Krissy Miles (0-5). Miles pitched all six innings and gave up seven runs on six hits and five walks.
Alabama A&M then tied the game in the second inning and did it all without a hit. The Bulldogs scored two runs on four walks and an error. Centerfielder Re'Quincia Mack added two solo home runs in the fifth and seventh for Alabama A&M
Memphis took the lead for good in the third on a three-run inning led by Rowan's two-run single. The Lady Tigers then added two more runs in the sixth inning.
Against Evansville, Memphis fell behind early as the Purple Aces took a 3-0 lead in the second inning off Kubesch who started the game. Kubesch allowed three runs on four hits and was lifted before recording an out in the second inning for senior Nicki Johnson. Johnson pitched the remaining six innings and allowed four runs on four hits with four strikeouts.
Memphis scored its lone run in the game in the bottom of the second on a throwing error by the shortstop. The Lady Tigers finished with four hits in the game.
Evansville pitcher Danny Murphy (3-1) recorded her third victory after pitching six and a third. Kubesch took the loss.
Evansville's Lisa Fehlman was named the tournament's MVP after hitting 8-for-13 (.615) with five RBI, two home runs and two doubles on the weekend. Ross was named to the all-tournament team after hitting .500 with three RBI, two runs scored and a home run. Nance hit .417 in the classic with two runs scored and a RBI, and Kubesch went 2-1 with a 2.68 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 15.2 innings.
The Lady Tigers will next host Belmont in a doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 2 p.m. Live audio and stats are available for the game at www.gotigersgo.com.
Blues City Classic Finish
Tournament MVP: Lisa Fehlman (EVAN)