Memphis beats Jacksonville, 8-3; Finish Day One in Florida 1-1
March 5, 2010
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The University of Memphis softball team pounded out 13 hits in an 8-3 victory over Jacksonville on Friday night at the USF Under Armour Invitational. The Tigers finished the day 1-1 after dropping their first game 2-1 to Rutgers in eight innings.
The U of M (7-5) battled back after Jacksonville (10-5) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on two doubles and an error. The two hits would be all the Dolphins would get off freshman pitcher Carly Hummel who held JU hitless in the final six innings. Hummel finished with nine strikeouts in the contest and K'd four of the last five batters to end the game.
Junior catcher Keanah Prestridge lined a three-run homer over left field in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game. It was her second home run of the season and third-straight hit of the inning.
Memphis would then score three more runs in the fifth inning to break the tie and add another two runs in the sixth. Sophomore second baseman Alyssa Palmieri hit a bases loaded single that scored the eventual game-winning run and gave Memphis its first lead.
The 13 hits is a season high for the Tigers and is the most hits by the team since recording 15 against UTEP on March 8, 2009.
Maddie McKinley led the team with a 3-for-4 performance and three runs scored. Prestridge finished with four RBI and went 2-for-2 with a walk and a hit by pitch. Jessica Phillips also had a pair of hits and two RBI, and Leigh Rowan went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Hummel (4-2) earned her fourth victory of the season in the two-hitter. She walked four and hit two batters.
Against Rutgers (3-9), the Tigers battled the Scarlet Knights through seven scoreless innings. Memphis scored the first run of the game in the top of the eighth on an RBI single by McKinley. But Rutgers scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to take the extra inning win.
Memphis stranded six runners in the first five innings and struggled early to produce a timely hit when runners were on. Phillips had the Tigers only hit in the first seven innings with a single in the second.
RU's Holly Johnson got the Tigers to pop up several times, however the wind may have helped keep a couple of fly balls in the park. At game time, the wind was blowing in at 17 mph.
The Tigers got out of a jam in the bottom of the fourth inning after the Scarlet Knights hit back-to-back one-out singles. Vanessa Walle got Mandy Craig to strikeout looking for the second out. McKinley then scooped up a hot shot at third to throw out the final out of the inning.
Jennifer Harabedian led off the bottom of the fifth with a double to center and Bishop drew a one-out walk. But Memphis again got out of the jam when Alyssa Palmieri turned an unassisted double play to end the inning.
Walle (3-3) pitched well in the loss, allowing one earned run on five hits and three walks in seven and two thirds innings.
Memphis will continue its play in the tournament on Saturday with a game against Loyola-Chicago at 9:30 a.m. (EST) and Fordham at 12:30 p.m. The Tigers close out the tournament on Sunday against Virginia Tech at 11 a.m.