Memphis vs. UTEP Game Notes
March 8, 2009
Amber Bennett led off the bottom of the first for UTEP with her third home run of the season to give the Miners a 1-0 lead. It is the fifth home run hit by UTEP in the three-game series.
UTEP scored two more runs in the bottom of the third to take a 3-0 lead. Camilla Carrera hit her third home run of the series and fifth of the season with the two-run dinger to centerfield.
Junior Vanessa Walle hit her third double of the season to lead off the fourth inning.
Freshman Kamri Chester knocked in her 11th RBI of the season in the fourth inning with a single up the middle to score pinch runner Leandra Hines from second. The run is the sixth of the season for Hines.
Sophomore Maddie McKinley came through with a no out two-run single to left in the fourth inning. The hit came after UTEP changed pitchers with a 2-2 count, brining in Stacie Townsend to replace Kelly Curran. McKinley hit in Tori Gross and Kamri Chester from second and third. The RBI are the ninth and 10th for McKinley and marks her third multi-RBI game of the year. Gross scored her 19th run of the season and Chester scored her 14th on the play.
Freshman Nikki Moreno hit her third double of the season to left center in the top of the fourth.
Memphis scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead. After Vanessa Walle led off with a double to right center, Kamri Chester hit a RBI single up the middle to score the first run. Maddie McKinley then delivered a two-run single to left field, and Leila Dolfo had a bases loaded RBI single through the left side. The Tigers ended the inning with the bases loaded.
Freshman Kamri Chester hit her third double of the season in the top of the fifth. The double came on a high pop fly to shallow left center that provided difficulty for UTEP to get under. With the single in the fourth and double in the fifth, Chester had her seventh multi-hit game of the season.
After Kamri Chester hit a one-out double and back-to-back walks to Maddie McKinley and Nikki Moreno, the Tigers loaded the bases for the second-straight inning. But Jessica Phillips received a called third strike on a full count and Lelani Bernardino grounded out to third to end the inning and strand the three runners.
The Miners scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to regain the lead at 6-4. UTEP loaded the bases with no outs on two walks and a single by Camilla Carrera. After getting Ashley Ellis to line out to short, a passed ball allowed the first run to score and then the throw by the catcher to the plate on the play was overthrown, allowing the second run to cross the plate on a close call at home. Courtney Ware then knocked in the third run with a two-out single through the right side.
UTEP added to its lead in the bottom of the sixth inning with two solo home runs to go up by four, 8-4. Chelsea Troupe hit her third home run of the series and eighth of the season to left field and Camilla Carrera followed with her second home run of the day and fourth in the three games to centerfield.
Freshman Kamri Chester had a career high with three hits in the game, Chester singled in the fourth, doubled in the fifth and singled in the seventh.
Freshman Nikki Moreno had her first multi-hit game of her career with a double in the fourth and a single through the right side in the seventh.
Freshman Jessica Phillips hit a double to right center with the bases loaded in the seventh inning to clear the bases. The three RBI are a career high on her third double of the season and third multi-RBI game. Phillips also had her first multi-hit game with a single in the third. She now has seven RBI. Tori Gross scored her 20th run of the season on the play, Kamri Chester had her 15th run and Nikki Moreno had her fourth.
Freshman Lelani Bernardino tied the game in the top of the seventh with an RBI single on a chopper through the right side to score pinch runner Kim Sirman from third. The RBI is her ninth and the run is the Sirman's fifth.
Senior Leila Dolfo had her seventh multi-hit game with a single in the fourth and one in the seventh. It is her 45th career multi-hit game.
Junior Vanessa Walle doubled in the go ahead run in the top of the seventh on her second double of the game, a hard hit shot through the left side to score Lelani Bernardino from first. Walle now has four doubles on the year. The RBI is Walle's ninth and the run is Bernardino's 18th. The multi-hit game is the fourth of the year for Walle.
Freshman Kamri Chester recorded her fourth hit in the seventh inning, tying for second all-time at Memphis in a single game. Her fourth hit came with the bases loaded and scored Leila Dolfo. Chester now has 12 RBI and the run was Dolfo's 14th.
Memphis scored six runs on eight hits in the top of the seventh inning to take a two-run lead. Jessica Phillips had a three-run double to begin the scoring, and Lelani Bernardino had a RBI single that tied the game. Vanessa Walle and Kamri Chester delivered two-out hits to put the Tigers up, but Memphis stranded the bases loaded for the third time in the game.
Memphis and head coach Windy Thees earned the program's 100th victory in the program's history with the win over UTEP.