Central Arkansas Defeats @MemphisSoftball 9-1
March 13, 2014
CONWAY, Ark. - Central Arkansas (11-16) scored four runs in the second inning to pull away from Memphis (11-12) in a 9-1 victory in six innings on Thursday evening at Farris Field.
Christian Novak (4-5) suffered the loss for Memphis on Thursday. The freshman pitched 1.2 innings and allowed four runs in the loss.
Ellen Roberts pitched 3.2 innings in relief of Novak, allowing four earned runs while striking out four batters.
Ciara Clampitt (3-7) earned the win for UCA, pitching a complete game and allowing just one run on four hits. Hannah Stirton finished the game with a home run and three runs batted in, and designated played Taylor Dear added two hits and two RBI for the Bears.
Central Arkansas took the lead in the bottom of the second inning. After an Amy Gunnells double, Stirton homered to left center field to give UCA a 2-0 advantage. Sam Forrest followed with another double, before Sarah Bigej drove in Forrest to increase the lead to 3-0. Roberts then replaced Novak in the circle, and allowed one more run on another single, stretching the Bears lead to 4-0 after two complete innings.
Central Arkansas added another run on a single by Stirton in the third inning. A second run scored on the play after a Memphis error, giving UCA a 6-0 edge.
Memphis threatened in the top of the fourth inning. A single by Irvin and a hit by pitch put two runners on with two outs. However, Clampitt forced a sharp groundout to third to keep the Tigers off of the scoreboard.
Memphis did score in the fifth inning on a solo home run by Cierra Mangum, cutting the advantage to 7-1. The home run was the first of the year for Mangum, and the second of her Memphis career.
Central Arkansas ended the game with a three-run sixth inning. Bigej led off the game with a double and scored on a double by Jessie Taylor to make the game 7-1. Two batters later, Dear ended the game with a two-run single giving the Bears the 9-1 victory.
Memphis is right back on the field tomorrow, traveling to Pine Bluff, Ark. for a doubleheader against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions. Game one is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. CT, with game two starting 30 minutes after the conclusion of the day's first contest.