Memphis Bats Silent in 2-0 Loss at UAB
March 11, 2012
Memphis (5-19, 0-3 C-USA) suffered just its second C-USA opening sweep in school history and first three-game sweep to begin league play. Previously, Marshall had swept a two-game weather shortened series at Memphis in 2008.
The Tigers struggled to get anything going against Blazers' pitcher Lannah Campbell. Campbell retired the U of M lineup in order in all but the third inning and put down 14-straight to end the game. Campbell allowed just a bunt single with no walks, a hit batter and seven strikeouts.
The only inning Memphis had a base runner came in the third inning when sophomore Amber Lindahl led off with a hit by pitch. After advancing to second on a sac bunt, sophomore Ijiah Hargrove recorded the only Memphis hit in the game with an infield bunt single. She then stole second to put runners at second and third with one out and Memphis trailing 1-0. But Campbell struck out junior Morgan Mosby and got junior Laura Curtis to groundout to short to end the only U of M threat.
UAB (11-9, 3-0) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Catherine Crawford reached on a one-out walk and advanced to third on a single by Mandy Lowman. Kristen McGrath then drove in Crawford with a two-out RBI single to second. The Blazers stranded the bases loaded to end the inning.
Crawford then came around to score the second UAB run in the bottom of the fifth inning. The shortstop hit a two-out triple to right and then scored an unearned run on a fielding error at short on a ball hit by Kayla Orr.
Sophomore Ellen Roberts (3-8) suffered the loss after allowing one earned run on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Campbell (5-3) picked up her second win in as many days over the Tigers.
Memphis will next host four games at home at the Tiger Softball Complex. The Tigers host a single midweek contest against UT Martin on Wednesday at 5 p.m. before hosting a three-game series with Marshall beginning Saturday. The first game of the doubleheader against Marshall on Saturday will be televised nationally on the Fox Sports Network at 4 p.m.