Seven-Run Fourth Lifts Western Kentucky Past Memphis, 7-2

March 2, 2013


1 7 R H E
Memphis (6-10) 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 2
Western Kentucky (7-4) 0 0 7 0 0 X 7  6  0
Hitting Leaders
Hits Runs RBI
Lelani Bernardino 1 1 0
Kelly Braman 1 0 1
Libby Goranson 1 0 1
Ijiah Hargrove 1 0 0
Pitching Leaders
Ellen Roberts 3.2 6 7 7 1 5 18 22 89
Jordan Richwood 2.1 0 0 0 1 0 7 8 26

HONOLULU, Hawai'i - A seven-run fourth inning was too much to overcome for the University of Memphis softball team (6-10) as the Tigers fell to Western Kentucky (7-4) in their second game of the Bank of Hawai'i Invitational.

Lelani Bernardino put Memphis up 1-0 in the first inning after reaching base on a hit by pitch to lead off for the Tigers. After advancing to second on a sac bunt from Breslin Perry, Bernardino came home to score off a single from Kelly Braman.

WKU threatened in the bottom of the third by loading the bases with two outs after two singles and a hit by pitch. Ellen Roberts helped the Tigers escape the inning by striking out her fifth batter of the afternoon to allow Memphis to keep a 1-0 lead.

The Tigers added another run in the fourth inning as Laura Curtis began with a leadoff walk to get Memphis going. Sac bunts from Cierra Mangum and Amber Lindahl moved Curtis to third before a single by Libby Goranson brought Curtis home for a 2-0 Memphis lead.

WKU scored seven runs in the bottom frame, highlighted by a three-run homer from Amanda Thomas, to help the Lady Hilltoppers scored six runs with two outs.

Memphis was unable to get a base runner in the final three innings to drop a 7-2 decision. Janna Scheff (2-1) picked up the win for WKU while Roberts (3-7) was credited with the loss. Emily Rousseau pitched the final three innings for WKU to pick up the save.

Memphis will face No. 20/22 Hawai'i later this evening following their game with Campbell.

Game Notes
Kelly Braman drove in her first RBI of the season in the first inning with a single to right center. She now has 43 in her career.
Lelani Bernardino scored her fifth run of the season in the first inning. She now has 79 career runs scored.
• Bernardino was hit by the pitch a career high two times. She has been hit 19 times in her career and ranks third in the program's history.
Libby Goranson drove in her third RBI of the season in the fourth inning with a single through the right side. She now has 16 career RBI.
Laura Curtis scored her fifth run of the season in the fourth inning. She now has 24 career runs scored.



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