@MemphisSoftball Rally Falls Short in Loss at Stetson
March 8, 2014
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.