Offense Powers @MemphisSoftball to 8-3 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff
March 14, 2014
PINE BLUFF, Ark. - The University of Memphis softball team had a season-high 15 hits and three home runs in an 8-3 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in game one of Friday's doubleheader at the Torii Hunter Softball Complex.
In the win, two Tigers accomplished impressive career and season feats. Freshman Lindsay Crowdus finished Friday's game 3-for-4 with two triples, tying a school record for triples in a single game. Crowdus now has six triples on the season, a mark that stands as a single-season school record.
Ellen Roberts (7-5) picked up the win in the circle, pitching six innings and allowing three runs. Roberts also struck out 10 batters, and became the third pitcher in Memphis history with 400 or more career strikeouts. Roberts now ranks second in school history with 407 strikeouts, 38 behind program leader Carly Hummel's 445.
Brittany Vaughn, Braman and Roberts hit home runs in the contest, giving Memphis 11 home runs on the season. The Tigers hit eight home runs as a team over the entire 2013 season.
Memphis posted four runs in the top of the first to jump out to a 4-0 advantage. Crowdus led off with her first triple and scored on a double by Hill to put the Tigers up 1-0. Vaughn followed with the first Memphis home run of her career, giving Memphis a 3-0 advantage. Braman capped the scoring in the first inning with a long home run to left field, putting Memphis up 4-0 after half of an inning.
The Tigers added a run in the second inning after Hill's second double of the game scored Crowdus and put Memphis up 5-0.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff got a run back in the bottom of the fourth inning. Maria Aguilar led off the inning with a double, and a walk and a hit batter by Roberts loaded the bases for the Lady Lions. With one out in the inning, UAPB center fielder Jasmine Hardwrick delivered a run-scoring single to cut the Memphis lead to 5-1. Roberts was able to strike out the next two batters to get out of trouble.
Roberts and the Tigers responded in the top of the fifth. After a double by Vaughn, Roberts pushed the Memphis lead back to 6-1 with an RBI single.
A Calli Irvin groundout in the top of the sixth gave Memphis a 7-1 cushion before the Lady Lions scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 7-3.
Roberts pushed the Tigers back to five runs with a solo home run in the top of the 7th inning, giving Memphis an 8-3 lead.
Jordan Richwood pitched a scoreless seventh inning to seal the 8-3 victory for Memphis.
Memphis and Arkansas-Pine Bluff face off in game two of the doubleheader later this afternoon at Torii Hunter Softball Complex.