Memphis Fails to Hold Two-Run Lead, Fall 3-2 to North Florida
March 10, 2010
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The University of Memphis softball team took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning, but North Florida scored three runs in the final three innings to steal a 3-2 victory on Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader.
The Osprey scored a run in each of the final three innings, and used a walk-off error with a runner on second to score the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
Memphis (9-7) out hit UNF (8-13), 7-4, in the game and had the lead runner on base in each of the first four innings.
Carly Hummel (6-3) suffered the loss after allowing three runs, two of them earned, on four hits. She finished with nine strikeouts and walked two in her first loss since falling to Indiana State, 1-0, on February 20.
Devyn Findley (7-7) picked up the victory in relief, holding the Tigers scoreless in the final two and a third innings. Memphis had two hits off Findley who struck out five.
Memphis struck out a combined 12 times in the game with UNF starting pitcher Shaina Dent striking out seven. Dent allowed two runs on five hits and three walks in four and two third innings of work.
The Tigers got on the board first with a run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Lelani Bernardino led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on an illegal pitch. After Dent struck out the next two batters looking, McKinley hit a double to left center to score Bernardino.
Prestridge drove in a second run for Memphis in the fifth inning with her first double of the year to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. The two-bagger hit to the left field fence brought in Leigh Rowan from second after she had singled to left and advanced on an error.
North Florida gained one run back in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two-out double by Britanie Block to left center. The hit came after Jackie Reese and Molly Grubb led off the inning with a walk and a hit by pitch. The Osprey left runners on second and third to end the inning.
UNF then tied the game at two in the sixth inning. Caroline Torre led off the frame with a solo shot to centerfield. It is the first dinger that Hummel has given up this season.
The Osprey then scored the winning run with one out in the seventh inning. Amanda Moseley led off the inning with a double to left center. She was followed by Block who hit a ground ball to short that was misplayed and allowed Moseley to score.
The two teams continue their doubleheader with the second game at the UNF Softball Complex.