@MemphisSoftball Earns First Shutout of the Season
March 9, 2014
DeLAND, Fla. – Senior Ellen Roberts tossed her first shutout of the season and freshman Calli Irvin scored a pair of runs as the University of Memphis softball team defeated Bethune-Cookman, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon to end the Stetson Classic.
“We did a good job defensively,” said Memphis head coach Natalie Poole. “I thought we came out aggressive and scored runs in multiple innings. I would have liked to see some better at bats at times, but I thought that overall they came with the mindset to make as many adjustments as possible.”
Roberts (6-5) scattered three hits with a walk and three strikeouts to help Memphis snap a season long four-game losing streak.
“We had a good conversation with Ellen on how she pitched last night and on how to adjust,” Poole said. “I thought that she approached the game much better. She was in a good frame of mind and came out really aggressive.”
Irvin went 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored. She drilled her team-leading third home run of the season in the fourth inning.
Freshman Lindsay Crowdus had her second-straight three hit game, finishing 3-for-4 with a run scored. The centerfielder led off the first inning with her third triple of the season and later stole home to score the first run in the game.
“She’s definitely a momentum builder for us,” Poole said. “It’s almost disappointing when she doesn’t do that because she’s good at it. It definitely creates some momentum behind her.”
Crowdus and senior Kelly Braman were both named to the all-tournament team. Crowdus went 8-for-14 (.571) in the tournament with two runs scored. Braman finished 4-for-9 (.444) with two RBI, two runs scored and did not commit an error at second base in the four games.
Memphis (9-11) took the 1-0 lead in the first inning behind Crowdus’ triple and stolen base. The Tigers scored two runs in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. Following Irvin’s home run, Braman came around to score on a bases loaded fielder’s choice RBI by senior Amber Lindahl.
The Tigers scored their fourth run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly be Cierra Mangum to score Irvin.
Memphis next hosts its first two games of the season at the Tigers Softball Complex. The Tigers host a doubleheader with Jackson State on Wednesday at 2/4 p.m. Admission is free for all home games.