@MemphisSoftball Pounds Out 11 Hits in 8-2 Win over Nicholls
March 1, 2014
GULFPORT, Miss. - The University of Memphis scored four runs in the fifth and sixth innings to defeat Nicholls 8-2 on Saturday night in the Gulf Coast Softball Classic at the Gulfport Sportsplex.
Three Tigers had multi-hit efforts as Memphis scored eight runs on 11 hits to improve to 8-7 on the season. In all, seven different Memphis players collected hits in the win and redshirt-junior Ashley Ford picked up her first career RBI with a bases loaded walk.
Vaughn increased her reached base streak to 15-straight games with a two-run single in the fifth. The streak ties for seventh in school history.
Senior Ellen Roberts (5-3) picked up her fifth victory of the season. Roberts allowed no earned runs and scattered five hits with five strikeouts and a walk.
Memphis scored four two-out runs in the top of the fifth on five hits to take a 4-0 lead. Senior Amber Lindahl hit a one-out single to right field and advanced to third on a groundout and an infield single by freshman Lindsay Crowdus. Following a walk to sophomore Georganna Goodwin to load the bases, freshman Brittany Vaughn singled up the middle to bring home the first two runs.
Freshman Calli Irvin and sophomore Cierra Mangum kept the inning going with RBI singles. After a fielder's choice to third loaded the bases, Taylor Hastings entered the game in relief and got Kelly Braman to fly out to center for the third out.
Nicholls cut the lead in half with two unearned runs in the bottom of the inning. A single, walk and an error loaded the bases with two outs. Brooke Morris then singled on a line drive off of Mangum's glove at third to score two. Roberts got Haley Parkerson to strikeout swinging to end the inning with runners left at second and third.
The Tigers scored four more runs in the seventh inning on four hits. Following a walk to Vaughn, Irvin hit her third double of the season to left. Mangum followed with her third single in the game to score junior Breslin Perry. Ford then walked with the bases loaded to bring in a third run and sophomore Wheeler Hill hit a sacrifice fly to right to bring in a fourth.
Memphis closes out the Gulf Coast Softball Classic on Sunday with a single game against No. 24/25 Louisiana at 10:30 a.m. on field four at the Gulfport Sportsplex. The Ragin' Cajuns defeated the Tigers 13-2 in six innings a couple weeks ago in Lafayette, La.