Softball Sweeps Twinbill Over Lipscomb
March 14, 2006
Memphis 000 000 02 - 2 5 1 Lipscomb 000 000 01 - 1 2 2NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Memphis softball team captured a pitcher's duel in game one of a double-header against Lipscomb before the offense came alive in game two to give the Tigers a sweep of the twinbill at Draper Diamond on the Lipscomb campus.
In game one, Memphis was pushed to eight-innings before winning 2-1. The Tigers got a stellar performance from starting pitcher Jenna Kubesch, who had a no-hitter through five innings on the way to the complete game victory.
The first game of the day was locked in a scoreless tie at the end of seven innings, with Kubesch and Lipscomb starter Sara Meek holding the offenses at bay.
As the game entered extra frames, the Tigers struck quickly however, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the eighth. Kimmi Hayden got the scoring started, blasting a double to leftfield to score Cara Stiles, who was placed on second in accordance with the international tie-breaker. Two batters later, Laura Mahoney, who pinch-ran for Hayden, scored when McNulty reached on a throwing error and put Memphis ahead 2-0
Lipscomb cut the deficit to one with a single and a sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the eighth, but Kubesch induced a fly-out to centerfield and a groundout to third to seal the victory.
Hayden led the Tigers at the plate in game one, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Stiles, McNulty and Gross added a single apiece to give the U of M five hits.
With the win, Kubesch moved her record to 4-3 on the season, as she allowed just two hits and no earned runs, while striking out seven and picking up her third complete-game of the season.
In game two, Lipscomb took an early lead, picking up two runs in the bottom of the first off Memphis starter Nicki Johnson.
The U of M responded in the top of the fourth to take the lead with three runs on four hits. Kara Ross and McNulty walked and Nance singled to load the bases with no outs. Johnson then plated Mahoney, who pinch ran for Ross, and McNulty to knot the game at two. Leandra Hines and Stiles followed with back-to-back, two-out singles to score Nance and give the U of M a 3-2 advantage.
The Tigers then came right back to plate two more runs in the top of the fifth, as McNulty pounded a two-run homer to centerfield, scoring Ross, who had walked, to give the Tigers a 5-2 lead. McNulty's homerun was her, team-leading, sixth on the year.
An inning later, Nance gave Memphis a 6-2 lead with her third homerun of the season, a solo shot to leftcenter.
Lipscomb, retaliated in a big way in the bottom of the seventh with three runs on three singles, a double and a Tiger error, but Johnson got Kim Jacobson to fly out to rightfield to end the game and preserve the victory.
Johnson now moves to 5-4 on the season after working the full seven innings and giving up four earned runs on 10 hits, while striking out a pair.
Nance and Stiles led the U of M at the dish in game two, each going 2-for-4.
With the wins, Memphis improves to 11-9 on the season. The squad will return to action tomorrow, as it remains in Nashville to face Belmont in a double-header at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.