Late Mistakes Help Texas State Squeak Past @MemphisSoftball
Feb. 28, 2014
GULFPORT, Miss. - A couple costly fifth inning errors helped lead to the only runs in the game as Texas State defeated the University of Memphis in the opening game of the Gulf Coast Softball Classic at the Gulfport Sportsplex on Friday.
Memphis senior pitcher Ellen Roberts took a no-hitter through four and a third innings, but a dropped fly ball in center began a two-run inning for Texas State. Lexi Fryar reached second on a one-out error and then scored on the Bobcats' first hit in the game by Jordan Masek. Kelli Baker followed with a double over the left fielder to give Texas State its 2-0 lead.
"I think there was good effort on both sides," said Memphis head coach Natalie Poole. "I thought it was a good, aggressive, quality ball game. We made a mistake that cost us and shifted momentum a little bit."
Memphis stranded 10 runners on base and had a four-game winning streak snapped with the loss. The Tigers collected five hits in the game led by senior catcher Amber Lindahl's first multi-hit game of the season in a 2-for-2 outing at the plate.
The Tigers had runners in scoring position in five of the seven innings and only were retired in order one time. But Memphis failed to advance a runner past third for the third time this season and only moved one runner past second.
Texas State centerfielder Timishia North made a game-saving catch in the second inning to keep the game scoreless. Memphis had runners on first and second with two outs after singles by Lindahl and sophomore Wheeler Hill. Freshman Lindsay Crowdus then hit a high and deep fly ball to right center that North made an athletic catch to end the inning.
Roberts (4-3) suffered the loss after allowing one earned run on five hits with five strikeouts and four walks.
"I thought Ellen pitched a great game and pitched tough. I thought she adjusted well to the umpire's zone that was a little bit of a challenge at first," Poole said. "I thought she pitched well leading into that fifth inning. If we get that second out it probably changes the way that inning goes."
Rayn House (9-3) earned the victory for Texas State, pitching her fifth shutout of the season.
Memphis next plays Mississippi State (14-0) on day two of the tournament Saturday at noon on field four at the Gulfport Sportsplex. The Tigers also play Nicholls later that day at 6 p.m. on field four. Memphis will close out the tournament against No. 24/25 Louisiana on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on field four.