Memphis Completes Sweep of UTEP with 6-5 Comeback Victory

March 10, 2013

1 7 R H E
Memphis (10-13, 3-0) 0 0 0 4 0 2 6 12 0
UTEP (7-11, 0-3) 0 0 1 0 4 0 5 11 3
Hitting Leaders
Hits Runs RBI
Breslin Perry 3 1 0
Kelly Braman 2 0 2
Amber Lindahl 1 0 2
Libby Goranson 1 0 1
Cierra Mangum 1 1 1
Pitching Leaders
Ellen Roberts 5.1 9 4 4 1 2 23 25 92
Jordan Richwood 1.2 2 1 1 1 1 7 8 44

EL PASO, Texas - The University of Memphis softball team completed a three-game sweep at UTEP with a 6-5 come from behind victory in the final game of the series on Sunday morning.

The Tigers (10-13, 3-0 C-USA) win their ninth-straight against the Miners and open Conference USA play 3-0 for the first time in the program's eight year history.

Memphis went down 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, but scored four runs on five hits in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead. UTEP (7-11, 3-0 C-USA) battled back with a four-run inning in the bottom of the sixth to regain a one-run lead, 5-4, heading into the seventh.

The U of M began the top half of the seventh with back-to-back hits and moved the runners to first and third with two outs. Facing its final out, Amber Lindahl lined the first pitch down the left field line to score both runs and give Memphis a 6-5 lead heading to the bottom of the inning.

Ariel Armendariz led off the inning for UTEP with a double, her third-hit of the game, to put the tying run in scoring position for the Miners. But Jordan Richwood got two infield popups and a strikeout looking to UTEP's 4-5-6 hitters to end the game.

Richwood (5-3) earned the victory in the circle in relief, allowing one run on two hits in an inning and two-third. Ellen Roberts started the game for Memphis and earned a no-decision after allowing four runs on nine hits with two strikeouts in five and a third innings.

Danielle Pearson (3-5) suffered the loss in relief for UTEP, allowing two runs on six hits in two innings.

Breslin Perry led the Tigers with a 3-for-4 outing at the plate with a run scored. Kelly Braman and Lindahl both drove in a pair of runs. Nine different U of M players collected hits in the game as the Tigers pounded out a season high 12 hits.

Armendariz went 3-for-4 for UTEP, while Ashley Collazo finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Colleen Hohman drove in a pair of runs with a double.

Memphis returns home for an 11-game home stand beginning with a doubleheader against Missouri State on Tuesday starting at 2 p.m. at the Tigers Softball Complex. The Tigers will host No. 21/22 Tulsa in a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday.

Game Notes

  • Libby Goranson drove in her fourth RBI of the season with a pinch hit single in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1-1. It is her 17th career RBI. 
  • Kelly Braman drove in a season high two runs with a single up the middle in the fifth inning. She now has four RBI on the season and 46 for her career. 
  • Cierra Mangum drove in her fifth RBI of the season with a single up the middle in the fifth inning. It's her third-straight game with an RBI. 
  • Breslin Perry scored her fifth run of the season in the fifth inning and her 12th career run. 
  • Leilani Bernardino scored her eighth run of the season in the fifth inning and her 82nd run of her career. 
  • Ijiah Hargrove scored her seventh run of the season in the fifth inning and her 32nd career run. 
  • Laura Curtis scored her eighth run of the season in the fifth inning and her 27th career run. 
  • Breslin Perry had her third multi-hit game of the season and fourth of her career with a career high three hits, all singles. 
  • Laura Curtis hit her team-leading sixth double of the season to right center to lead off the seventh inning. She now has 10 career doubles. 
  • Kelly Braman had her second multi-hit of the season and in as many days with a pair of singles. 
  • Amber Lindahl had her second double of the season and sixth of her career in the seventh inning to score two runs and give Memphis a 6-5 lead. She now has four RBI on the season and 14 in her career. 
  • Memphis had nine different players record hits in the game and had a season high 12 hits. 
  • Memphis wins its ninth-straight against UTEP and third-straight sweep. The Tigers are now 18-5 all-time against the Miners. 
  • Memphis starts Conference USA play 3-0 for the first time in program history and wins just its second opening series in the team's eight years



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