Five-Run Third Helps Memphis Defeat Missouri State 5-3
March 12, 2013
MEMPHIS – The University of Memphis overcame an early 1-0 deficit, scoring five runs in the bottom third in a 5-3 victory over Missouri State in game one of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at the Tigers softball Complex.
Morgan Mosby delivered a three-run double with no outs in the third inning to clear the bases and help Memphis build a large enough cushion to carry them through the remainder of the game. Missouri State hit three home runs in the game, including two by Stacia Boeckstiegel, but all three were solo shots.
Junior Ellen Roberts (5-9) earned her fifth victory of the season, pitching five and a third innings and allowing two runs on five hits with five strikeouts. Sophomore Jordan Richwood earned her second save of the season, pitching the final inning and two-thirds and allowing one run on one hit with three strikeouts.
Boeckstiegel gave MSU an early 1-0 lead with a two-out solo homer to left in the second inning.
The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the third inning. Amber Lindahl began the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sac bunt by Breslin Perry who reached first on an error by the catcher. Lelani Bernardino followed with a double to left center to drive in the first Memphis run. A fielder’s choice no throw on a ball hit by Ijiah Hargrove loaded the bases and allowed Mosby to hit her bases clearing double. A sacrifice fly by Laura Curtis drove in the fifth run of the inning.
Heather Duckworth hit a solo home run to left in the top of the sixth inning for Missouri State and Boeckstiegel added her second solo homer in the seventh.
Chelsea Jones (7-4) suffered the loss for the Bears, allowing four earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts.