Missouri State Pulls Away Late From Memphis, 16-5
March 12, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Holding a 5-4 lead halfway through the game, the University of Memphis softball team (11-14) made some costly mistakes late that allowed Missouri State (9-10) to score 12 runs and record a 16-5 win in six innings.
The Tigers plated five runs with two outs in the first inning as singles from Kelly Braman, Cierra Mangum and Amber Lindahl gave Memphis a 3-0 advantage. Breslin Perry drove in two more, reaching first on a fielding error by the second baseman, to allow Lindahl and Mangum to come home for a 5-0 lead after one.
Missouri State got its offense going in the second with four runs off three hits. After two singles and a hit by pitch, Lauren Eisenreich blasted an 0-1 pitch over the left field wall to put the Bears right back in it at 5-4.
In the fifth, the Bears took their first lead of the game as Ali Trickey and Stevie Pierce drove in four runs for Missouri State to take 9-5 advantage. The Bears kept their offense going in the sixth inning with seven unearned runs off three Tigers errors to pull ahead 16-5.
In the bottom frame, Memphis was unable to get a hit in its final three outs, resulting in a 16-5 loss for the Tigers.
Memphis returns to Conference USA play this weekend with a three-game series against Tulsa. The teams will begin their series Saturday at 1 p.m. with a doubleheader.