Long Ball Hurts Memphis as UAB Sweeps Doubleheader
March 10, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The University of Memphis softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader at UAB on Saturday, falling 3-1 in the Conference USA opener and 4-3 in the second game.
Memphis (5-18, 0-2 C-USA) outhit UAB (10-9, 2-0) 17-9 in the two games, including a season high 12-hit performance in game two. But three home runs by the Blazers, including a home run in each game by UAB catcher Mandy Lowman hindered the Tigers in the league opener. Lowman finished with five RBI in the two games, driving in all three on a three-run shot in game one and adding a two-run homer in game two. All but one of the runs scored in the two games by UAB came as a result of the Blazers' three home runs.
Junior shortstop Morgan Mosby led the Tigers with five hits in the two games, including a career best 4-for-4 performance in game two and had two runs scored. Senior first baseman Jessica Phillips had a pair of RBI in game two.
Memphis and UAB will close out the three-game series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. match-up.
The Tigers matched the Blazers in hits with five. Junior Morgan Mosby went 1-for-3 with the only U of M run scored.
Sophomore Ellen Roberts (3-7) suffered the loss in the circle. Roberts allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. UAB's Lannah Campbell (4-3) earned the victory, giving up an unearned run on five hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
Memphis jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning scoring a run on a couple hits and two errors. Mosby led off the game with a single to right followed by an infield single by junior Laura Curtis. A dropped fly in right on a ball hit by senior Jessica Phillips and an error at short allowed Mosby score the first run in the game. The Tigers stranded runners on second and third with one out in the inning.
Whitney Fletcher led off the fourth by popping out to third. But on the full count pop out, an illegal pitch was called resulting in a walk instead of an out. Catherine Crawford then followed with a single through the left side followed by a three-run homer by Mandy Lowman to left.
After the Blazers took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, the Tigers battled back with two runs in the third and one run in the seventh. In the top of the seventh with UAB leading 4-2, Memphis had runners on second and third with two outs and senior Jessica Phillips at bat. Phillips singled through the right side, scoring junior Laura Curtis. But junior Kamri Chester, representing the tying run, was thrown out at home trying to score on the play to end the game.
Memphis outhit UAB 12-4 in the game. Morgan Mosby had a career best 4-for-4 performance with a run scored, tying for second in school history for the most hits in a game. The last Memphis player to have a four-hit performance was Lelani Bernardino against Chattanooga in the NCAA Regional last year. The 12 hits is a season high for Memphis.
Sophomore Ellen Roberts and Phillips also had multi-hit games with both players finishing 2-for-4. Roberts drove in one run, while Philips drove in a pair of RBI.
Freshman Sara Pearson (1-1) suffered the loss for Memphis in the circle. Pearson allowed three runs on two hits with a walk and a strikeout in a third inning. Freshman Jordan Richwood pitched the final five and two-thirds and allowed one run on two hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
Leigh Streetman (3-3) earned the victory, allowing three runs on 10 hits in six and two-third innings with six strikeouts. Amber Torres came in and picked up the save allowing no runs on two hits in the final third of an inning.
UAB jumped to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Whitney Fletcher led off the inning with a double to left center and scored on a wild pitch and a passed ball. After a walk to Kayla Orr, Mandy Lowman hit her second home run of the day to bring in the second and third runs.
Memphis came within a run with two runs scored in the top of the third. Back-to-back one-out singles by sophomore Ijiah Hargrove and Mosby put runners on second and third with one out. A suicide squeeze attempt resulted in the second out as Hargrove was retired at home. Roberts and Phillips then followed with back-to-back RBI singles to drive in Mosby and Curtis.
The Blazers increased their lead to two runs with a solo shot in the fifth inning by Fletcher. The home run came after the Tigers had a chance to tie the game in the top of the inning with runners on second and third with one out. But an interference call at third by Mosby spoiled the potential big inning.