Memphis Shuts Out No. 20 Hawaii, 5-0

March 2, 2013

1 7 R H E
Memphis (7-10) 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 6 0
#20 Hawaii (11-5) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Hitting Leaders
Hits Runs RBI
Morgan Mosby 2 1 3
Breslin Perry 1 2 0
Lelani Bernardino 1 1 0
Ijiah Hargrove 1 1 0
Laura Curtis 1 0 0
Pitching Leaders
Jordan Richwood 5.0 1 0 0 4 8 16 20 90
Ellen Roberts 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 6 7 27

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.

Game Notes

  • Morgan Mosby hit the Tigers' first home run of the season with a three-run shot to center in the second inning.
  • Mosby tied a career high with three RBI and it marked her sixth multi-RBI game and second of the season. The last time she had three RBI came against Mississippi State on February 12, 2012. Mosby leads the team with seven RBI this season and has 23 in her career.
  • Mosby scored her sixth run of the season in the second and 38th of her career.
  • Breslin Perry tied a career high with two runs scored. It is the second time this season she has scored two runs with the other coming against Detroit. She now has four runs scored this season and 11 for her career.
  • Ijiah Hargrove moved into sole possession of ninth in school history with her 20th career stolen base in the second inning. It was her second steal of the season.
  • Hargrove scored her fourth run of the season and 29th of her career in the second inning on a wild pitch.
  • Leilani Bernardino scored her sixth run of the season and 80th of her career in the second inning.
  • Jordan Richwood has had five or more strikeouts in five of the last six appearances and eight or more in her last three starts.
  • Morgan Mosby had her team-leading fifth multiple-hit game of the season and the 23rd of her career with a home run and a single.
  • Memphis has struck out nine or more batters in six of the last seven games.
  • It is the first win for Memphis over a ranked team since the Tigers beat No. 16 Stanford 2-1 on the road on February 21, 2011.
  • The win is the third over a ranked opponent in school history.
  • The five runs are the second most runs Memphis has scored against a ranked opponent. The most were seven run in eight innings against No. 22 Ohio State on February 11, 2011.



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