@MemphisSoftball Rally Falls Short in Loss at Stetson
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Go Tigers!

Go Tigers!

March 8, 2014

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DeLAND, Fla. - The University of Memphis softball team rallied from a 9-2 deficit but fell short in a 9-7 loss at Stetson in the Stetson Classic on Saturday night.

Memphis (8-11) fell into an early hole after the Hatters scored three unearned runs in the third inning following a dropped fly ball in center. The Tigers answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning, but Stetson (12-3) jumped to a 9-2 lead with six runs in the fourth. Demi Meza capped the inning with a towering grand slam over the scoreboard in left center.

The Tigers fought back with a run in the fifth and four runs in the sixth inning to pull within two. Memphis had the tying run at the plate in the sixth but stranded 10 runners on base including the bases loaded in the third.

For the second-straight game, Memphis outhit its opponent in a loss. The Tigers had a season high 12 hits in the game. The loss brings the U of M's losing streak to a season worst four games.

Memphis had three players record multiple-hit games. Sophomore Cierra Mangum went 3-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored, while freshman Lindsay Crowdus finished 3-for-5 with a run scored. Senior Ellen Roberts recorded her first hits and RBI of the season, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Roberts (5-5) suffered the loss in the circle after giving up eight runs, five earned, on seven hits in three and a third innings. She struck out one and walked two. Freshman Christian Novak pitched the final three and two-third innings and allowed one run on three hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Sarah Read (5-0) earned the victory after pitching three and two-thirds innings in relief. She allowed five runs on 10 hits with two walks. Taylor Cochran started the game for Stetson and allowed two runs on two hits. Meredith Owen pitched a perfect seventh for the save.

Meza led the Hatters with five RBI in the game and went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Memphis closes the tournament tomorrow against Bethune-Cookman at 11 a.m. CT/12 p.m. ET.

Game Notes

  • Amber Lindahl threw out her third runner of the season in the first inning and increased her program career record to 52. 
  • Lindahl drove in her second RBI of the season with a fielder's choice in the fifth. She now has 28 career RBI. 
  • Lindsay Crowdus increased her hitting streak to a career-best five games with an infield single in the third. 
  • Crowdus picked up her team-leading fifth multiple-hit game of the season with three singles. It is her fourth three-hit game of the year. 
  • Crowdus scored her seventh run of the season in the sixth inning. 
  • Kelly Braman drove in a RBI with a bases loaded walk in the third inning. She added a second RBI in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly to center. She now has five RBI on the season and 61 in her career. It is her first multi-RBI game of the year and 13th in her career. 
  • Braman scored her fifth run of the season in the fifth inning. It is her 22nd at Memphis and 71st in her career. 
  • Wheeler Hill scored her eighth run of the season in the third and ninth in the sixth. She now has 16 runs scored in her career. 
  • Cierra Mangum drove in her sixth RBI of the season and 18th of her career with a single in the third inning. 
  • Mangum had her fourth multiple-hit game of the season and ninth of her career with a three singles in the game. It is her second three-hit game of the year and third of her career. 
  • Mangum scored her eighth run of the season and 23rd of her career in the sixth inning. 
  • Brittany Vaughn took the team lead in runs scored with her 11th of the season in the third inning and added her 12th in the sixth. 
  • Vaughn drove in her team-leading 13th RBI of the season with a single through the left side in the sixth inning. 
  • Ellen Roberts had her first hit of the season with a single in the fifth inning. She added a double in the sixth for her first multiple-hit game of the year and 13th of her career. 
  • Roberts drove in her first two RBI of the season with a double down the left line in the sixth. She now has 21 career RBI and nine career doubles. It is her sixth multi-RBI game of her career.



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