Memphis Shuts Out No. 20 Hawaii, 5-0
March 2, 2013
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Jordan Richwood and Ellen Roberts combined to throw a one-hitter as the University of Memphis softball team shut out No. 20/22 Hawaii on the road 5-0 in the Bank of Hawaii Invitational.
The win is the first for Memphis (7-10) against a ranked opponent since the Tigers defeated No. 16 Stanford on the road on February 25, 2011. It is the U of M's third win over a ranked team and first under Coach Natalie Poole.
Richwood and Roberts combined for 10 strikeouts marking the sixth time in the last seven games the Tigers have struck out nine or more batters. Richwood (3-2) earned the victory after striking out eight in five innings of work. The sophomore no-hit Hawaii for the first four innings before allowing the only hit in the game to lead off the fifth inning. Roberts threw the final two innings and struck out two while allowing no hits.
Senior second baseman Morgan Mosby led the Tigers offensively, hitting 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in the second inning. The dinger is the first for Memphis this season and capped a four-run inning for the U of M.
Sophomore left fielder Breslin Perry scored twice for Memphis. The Tigers outhit the Rainbow Wahine, 6-1, and left 10 runners on base.
Memphis took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Perry reached on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt and scored from third on a two-out throwing error by the third baseman to give the Tigers an early lead.
The Tigers jumped to an early 5-0 lead in the top of the second inning, scoring four runs on three hits. Ijiah Hargrove reached first on a two-out walk, and after stealing second, advanced to third on a single by Leilani Bernardino. A wild pitch then scored Hargrove for the second run.
After a single by Perry but two runners on base for Memphis, Mosby crushed the first pitch to center for a three-run homer. It marked the first home run for the Tigers this season and her second career dinger. Memphis ended the inning with the bases loaded.
Hawaii (11-5) never put a runner past second base and only had a player on the two-bag in the fifth and seventh innings. It marked the first time the Rainbow Wahine had been shutout this season with the last coming against Nevada on April 21, 2012.
UH left fielder Sharla Kleibenstein was the only Rainbow Wahine to record a hit with a double to leadoff the fifth inning.
Keiki Carlos (2-2) suffered the loss after allowing five runs on three hits in an inning and two-third with four walks. Loie Kesterson pitched the final five and a third innings for Hawaii and allowed no runs on three hits with eight strikeouts.
Memphis earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament bracket play and will play Hawaii on Sunday at 11 a.m. (HT)/3 p.m. (CT). The winner will play the winner between No. 1 seed Western Kentucky and No. 4 seed Campbell later that day.