@MemphisSoftball Sweeps Doubleheader With 8-0 Win Over Jackson State
March 12, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis softball team scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and posted an 8-0 run-rule victory over Jackson State in game two of Wednesday's doubleheader at Tiger Softball Complex.
With the doubleheader sweep, the Tigers improve to 11-11 on the season.
Sophomore Cierra Mangum led the way offensively, finishing 3-for-3 with a run scored. Brittany Vaughn and Kelly Braman each added two hits, as the Tigers had 12 hits as a team in the victory. Braman added two runs batted in for Memphis.
The offensive production was more than enough for Christian Novak (4-4) as the freshman pitched six innings to earn her first career shutout. Novak allowed five hits and struck out eight Jackson State batters.
Kelsey Townsend (3-11) suffered the loss for Jackson State, allowing six runs in five innings.
After two scoreless innings, Memphis broke through first to take a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Breslin Perry led off the bottom of the third with a single to center field, and moved to second after a fielder's choice by Wheeler Hill. Vaughn then delivered a double down the left field line to score Perry and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Braman followed with a triple to left center field, scoring Vaughn and giving Memphis a 2-0 lead.
Novak did not allow a Jackson State runner past second base for the rest of the game, and the Tigers offense took over in the bottom of the sixth.
Braman led off the inning with a single, and moved to third on a double by Calli Irvin. Ellen Roberts increased the lead to 5-0 with her first home run of the season, a three-run home run to left field. Mangum followed with a double forcing a Jackson State pitching change.
Georganna Goodwin greeted Jackson State relief pitcher Sybil Lozano with a run-scoring double, bringing home Mangum to increase the lead to 6-0. Three batters later, pinch-hitter Haleigh Ross scored pinch runner Ijiah Hargrove with a single to give the Tigers a 7-0 edge. After a Vaughn single, Braman ended the game with a fielder's choice, bringing home Hill to end the game.
Memphis is back in action tomorrow, traveling to Conway, Ark., for a game against the Central Arkansas Bears. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. CT on Thursday night.