No. 24 Louisiana Fights Back to Defeat Memphis by a Run
March 2, 2014
GULFPORT, Miss. - No. 24 Louisiana rallied for two runs in the fourth to regain a one-run lead and defeat the University of Memphis 3-2 in the final game of the Gulf Coast Softball Classic on Sunday morning at the Gulfport Sportsplex.
Memphis (8-8) scored an unearned run in the third and took a one-run lead in the top of the fourth inning behind a solo homerun by senior Kelly Braman. The homer is the first of the year for Braman and her third at Memphis.
However, in the bottom half of the inning Louisiana loaded the bases with one out on two singles and a walk. Kelsey Vincent gave the Ragin' Cajuns the lead with a single to left to score two runs.
"I feel like there was definite improvement on our part from the first time we saw them (Louisiana)," said Memphis head coach Natalie Poole. "I thought our pitchers were thinking of ways to beat their hitters. We just have to be aggressive in those games to come out on top offensively."
Louisiana (14-5-1) outhit Memphis 7-2 in the game. Jordan Wallace (7-1) earned the victory in the circle after giving up two runs on one hit. She struck out two and walked three in four innings of work. Christina Hamilton pitched the final three scoreless innings for Louisiana for her first save of the season.
Senior Ellen Roberts (5-4) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits in three and a third innings. Freshman Christian Novak pitched the final two and two-thirds, allowing no runs and no hits.
Louisiana took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Natalie Fernandez reached on an infield single and scored from second on a two-out single up the middle by Shelbi Readfearn.
Memphis tied the game in the third inning. Freshman Lindsay Crowdus began the inning on a walk and advanced to third on a single and an error off a ball hit by sophomore Hannah Harrell. After a flyout to center by freshman Calli Irvin, Crowdus scored from third during a rundown of Harrell between first and second.
One inning later, Braman gave the Tigers a brief lead with her solo home run to left.
Memphis next plays in its final regular season tournament of the year. The Tigers travel to Deland, Fla., to compete in the Stetson Classic. Memphis will play Stetson, South Dakota and Bethune-Cookman in the tournament.