Memphis Splits a Pair of 1-0 Games in Final Day of Blues City Classic
Feb. 26, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis softball team split a pair of one-run games in the final day of the Blues City Classic at the Tiger Softball Complex. Memphis (4-12) dropped a 1-0 decision to Missouri State before beating Southeast Missouri State, 1-0.
Sophomore pitcher Ellen Roberts and freshman outfielder Breslin Perry were both named to the All-Tournament Team. Roberts went 1-1 in the tournament with a 1.78 ERA in 19.2 innings. She struck out 24 batters and earned the Tigers' first shutout of the season with the 1-0 victory on Sunday against SEMO. The Australian native also had a pair of hits in the tournament.
Perry batted .400 in the tournament, going 4-for-10 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored. She knocked in the game-winning run against Western Illinois on Saturday in the 10th inning and had a go-ahead RBI in a 3-2 loss to Northern Iowa.
The Tigers finished fourth out of six teams in the tournament with a 2-3 record. Miami (OH) won the tournament with a 4-1 mark and allowed just four runs in its five games. RedHawks' pitchers Paige Myers and Jessica Simpson were named co-MVPs.
Memphis fell behind Missouri State (6-2), 1-0, when the Bears scored a run in the third inning. Heather Duckworth led off the inning with a double, and after advancing to third on a sac bunt, scored on a squeeze bunt by Raeven Replogle.
The Tigers outhit the Bears 5-3, but stranded four runners on base. Memphis had an opportunity early to score when Morgan Mosby led off the game with a single and advanced to third with one out. But two-straight groundouts kept the Tigers away from home.
The U of M would reach third one other time in the game in the sixth inning. Perry hit a one-out single and advanced to second on a throwing error. She then reached third after a two-out single from Laura Curtis, but the Tigers were unable to advance her further.
Carly Hummel (1-4) suffered the loss after striking out a season high 11 batters in seven innings and allowing one run on three hits. Chelsea Jones (2-1) earned the victory for Missouri State and Natalie Rose pitched a scoreless inning and a third for the save.
In game two against Southeast Missouri State (4-7), Memphis scored a first inning unearned run to provide all the offense Roberts would need. Playing as the visitor, Mosby once again led off the game with a single. A dropped ball at first on a sac bunt by Curtis, allowed Mosby to reach third with no outs. Curtis then stole second and the throw from the catcher went into the outfield allowing Mosby to score the only run in the game.
Roberts (2-4) pitched the complete game shutout for the victory. She struck out seven and allowed three hits in seven innings of work with no walks. Alora Marble (2-3) suffered the loss for SEMO.
Memphis will now prepare for the Tennessee Classic in Knoxville, Tenn. The three day tournament that begins Friday will include games against Boston University, Tennessee, Louisville, East Tennessee State and an exhibition against the Dutch National Team.