Memphis Completes Sweep of UTEP with 6-5 Comeback Victory
March 10, 2013
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.