Memphis Downs #16/17 Stanford on the Road, 2-1
Feb. 25, 2011
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Jessica Phillips knocked in a pair of runs to help the University of Memphis upset No. 16/17 Stanford, 2-1, to open the Stanford Nike Invitational on Friday afternoon.
The win is the Tigers' second against a ranked opponent this season and eighth straight as Memphis improves to 10-2 on the year.
Phillips went 2-for-3 in the game and drove in RBI in the first inning on a two-out single and in the sixth inning on a solo home run. The junior first baseman leads the team in homers with four.
Sophomore pitcher Carly Hummel improves to 6-0 on the season after allowing one run on six hits with six strikeouts and two walks. The run by Stanford in the fifth inning broke up a scoreless stretch of 20 innings for Hummel who had last allowed a run in the sixth inning against Kentucky on Feb. 13.
Stanford's Teagan Gerhart (4-3) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Stanford falls to 8-3 on the season.
Memphis continued its hot hitting in the first inning and has now scored 19 of its 49 runs in the frame. Lelani Bernardino was hit by the pitch to lead off the inning and after advancing to second on a sac bunt by Heather Mott and stealing third, scored on a bloop single into center by Phillips with two outs. The Tigers loaded the bases in the inning, but failed to add to their lead.
Stanford also loaded the bases in the first inning, but was held scoreless. The Cardinal left nine runners on base in the game. Stanford tied the game in the fifth inning on a double by Ashley Hanson that scored Sarah Hassman from first with one out. Hummel then got Jenna Rich and Danielle Miller to ground out to the pitcher to end the inning and strand Hanson at third.
Phillips gave the Tigers the go ahead run in the top of the sixth inning with a towering two-out shot to left. The homer is her second in as many games.
Stanford put the tying run in scoring position in the seventh inning, but Hummel retired the final two batters on popups to preserve the victory.
Memphis will continue its play in the Stanford Nike Invitational on Saturday. The Tigers will face North Dakota State at 11:15 a.m. (PT) and UC Davis at 8:15 p.m. (PT). The U of M closes the tournament on Sunday with an 11:15 a.m. meeting against Colorado State.