@MemphisSoftball Drops Opening Game of Stetson Classic
March 7, 2014
DeLAND, Fla. - In a quick hour and 17 minutes, the University of Memphis softball team fell 8-0 to Stetson in the opening game of the Stetson Classic on Friday night at Patricia Wilson Field.
The Hatters (9-3) scored eight runs on nine hits in four innings with three home runs coming in the first two innings. Stetson pitcher Meredith Owen (4-2) allowed just one hit to the Tigers (8-9) in five innings for the shutout victory. She struck out eight with five K's looking.
"They came out more aggressive than us and scored three runs right away," said Memphis head coach Natalie Poole. "I didn't feel like we had a good presence at the plate. It definitely was not a great game for us and it passed us by in a blur before we were able to make any adjustments."
Freshman Lindsay Crowdus recorded the only hit for Memphis in the third inning on an infield single. The Tigers had just three base runners in the game.
Freshman Brittany Vaughn's reach base streak ended at 16 games, tying for fifth in school history. Vaughn went 0-for-2 in the game with a strikeout.
Stetson jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. After a leadoff double off the center field wall by Jessie Tenbroeck, Owen and Amanda Grimaldo hit back-to-back two-out home runs off Memphis freshman Christian Novak.
Junior Jordan Richwood entered the game in relief for Novak and gave up a two-run homer to Brittany Hawn in the second inning. The Hatters scored three more runs in the fourth inning on a two-out double to left by Chrissy Morello and a fielding error in left.
Novak (3-3) suffered the loss in the circle for Memphis after giving up three runs on three hits in an inning. Richwood allowed five runs on six hits with five strikeouts in three innings.
"One game on one day doesn't identify who we are as individuals and as a team," Poole said. "Our job is to get better and show a different team when we see them again tomorrow."
Memphis continues the Stetson Classic on Saturday. The Tigers will play South Dakota at 12:30 p.m. CT/1:30 ET and Stetson at 5:30 p.m. CT/6:30 ET. Memphis will close out the tournament on Sunday against Bethune-Cookman at 11 a.m. CT/12 ET.