Memphis Falls 5-1 to No. 20/22 Hawai'i
March 3, 2013
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - After shutting out No. 20/22 Hawai'i 5-0 last night, the University of Memphis softball team (7-11) could not pull off another upset over the Rainbow Wahine, falling 5-1 at the Bank of Hawai'i Invitational on Sunday morning.
Leisha Li'ili'i got the Rainbow Wahine started in the second inning with a one-out walk before Sharla Kliebenstein followed with a single down the left field line to put runners on first and second. Hawai'i took a lead on the following batter as Jazmine Zamora doubled to left center to put the Rainbow Wahine up 2-0.
Hawai'i added another run in the third as Kelly Majam sent a 3-1 pitch over the center field wall to give UH a 3-0 lead. Memphis attempted to narrow the Hawai'i advantage as Ijiah Hargrove and Lelani Bernardino began the inning off with hits for the Tigers. However, Memphis could not get them home, leaving the game at 3-0 after three innings.
The Rainbow Wahine scored two runs in the fourth inning with two outs as Hawai'i got a single and two doubles to build a 5-0 advantage.
Memphis got on the board in the sixth as Morgan Mosby led off with a single through the right side before advancing to second on a fielding error in right field to begin the inning. A throwing error by the Rainbow Wahine allowed Kelly Braman to reach base and pinch runner Wheeler Hill to cross home plate for a 5-1 score with no outs for Memphis. However, the Tigers could not put across any more runs as two fly outs and a strikeout ended the inning.
With one more chance for another upset, Bernardino reached first with two outs after a fielding error in the outfield. But one batter later, Hawai'i's Kaia Parnaby struck out her eighth batter of the day to give UH a 5-1 win.
Parnaby improved to 10-2 on the season while Jordan Richwood (3-3) was given the loss for Memphis. Hargrove went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Tigers.
Memphis will play the loser between Western Kentucky and Campbell later in the day to conclude the tournamen. If it's Western Kentucky, the game will begin at about 3 p.m. HT/7 CT. If it's Campbell, the game will be played at 5 p.m. HT/9 CT.