Memphis Records Program's 100th Victory in 10-8 Win at UTEP
March 8, 2009
For Immediate Release
Memphis (11-10, 1-2) 000 400 6 - 10 15 2 UTEP (13-12, 2-1) 102 032 0 - 8 10 0 W: Walle (3-4) L: Townsend (7-8) HR: UTEP- Bennett, Troupe, Carrera 2
EL PASO, Texas - The University of Memphis softball team scored six runs in the top of the seventh as the Tigers earned a comeback 10-8 victory at UTEP on Sunday. The win is the 100th victory for Memphis head coach Windy Thees and the four-year old program.
The U of M (11-10, 1-2) came back from being down 3-0 through the first three innings to go ahead 4-3 in the fourth. After UTEP scored five more runs to take a four-run lead into the top of the seventh inning, Memphis mounted its second comeback of the game. The Tigers scored six runs on eight hits to take a two-run lead en route to the team's first conference victory of the season.
Memphis scored 10 runs for the second time in the series with the Miners and recorded 15 hits in the game. The Tigers were led by freshman Kamri Chester who finished 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. The four hits ties for second all-time in the program's history.
Freshman Jessica Phillips finished 2-for-4 for Memphis with three RBI. The first baseman cleared the bases with a three-run double that began the six-run rally in the seventh.
Junior Vanessa Walle (3-4) earned the victory after pitching all seven innings. Walle allowed six earned runs on 10 hits and struck out pinch hitter Shea Lodes to end the game with a runner on third. Walle also had two doubles in the game, including a RBI double through the left side that scored the go ahead run for Memphis in the seventh.
Stacie Townsend (7-8) suffered the loss for the Miners after pitching four innings in relieve and allowing seven runs on 12 hits.
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. UTEP scored two more runs in the bottom of the third to take a 3-0 lead on a two-run dinger to centerfield by Camilla Carrera.
Memphis scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead. After Walle led off with a double to right center, Chester hit a RBI single up the middle to score the first run. Sophomore 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 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 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 Carrera followed with her second home run of the day and fourth in the three games to centerfield.
Memphis scored six runs on eight hits in the top of the seventh inning to take a two-run lead. Phillips had a three-run double to begin the scoring, and Lelani Bernardino had a RBI single that tied the game. Walle and Chester delivered two-out hits to put the Tigers up. Memphis stranded the bases loaded for the third time in the game to end the inning and finished with 12 left on base.
The Tigers next travel to Hawaii to participate in the Chevron Spring Fling Tournament that begins on Wednesday.