@MemphisSoftball Sweeps Doubleheader With 10-2 Win Over Arkansas-Pine Bluff
March 14, 2014
PINE BLUFF, Ark. - The University of Memphis softball team scored six runs in the top of the fifth inning and defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 10-2 in five innings on Friday evening at Torii Hunter Softball Complex.
Memphis (13-12) outscored Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-17) 18-5 in Friday's doubleheader sweep, and totaled 27 hits (15 in game one and 12 in game two) in the two contests.
Christian Novak (5-5) picked up the win for Memphis in game two, pitching all five innings and allowing one earned run while striking out seven batters.
Freshman shortstop Brittany Vaughn led Memphis offensively, finishing 3-for-4 and matching a season-high with four runs batted in. Libby Goranson finished 2-for-3 at the plate, and Lindsay Crowdus and Cierra Mangum each had two runs batted in.
Memphis again scored in the top of the first to take an early 1-0 lead. After Crowdus reached on a walk, a two-base error on a ground ball by Wheeler Hill put runners on second and third for Brittany Vaughn. Vaughn dropped down a perfect bunt for a single, bringing home Crowdus to put Memphis up 1-0.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff scored a run in the bottom of the first to tie the game at one run apiece. Two walks and a single loaded the bases, and Novak hit Tiressa Jacobs with a pitch to even the score at 1-1 after one full inning.
The top of the Memphis order helped the Tigers take back the lead in the top of the third inning. Crowdus started off the inning by reaching on an error, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hill. With Crowdus in scoring position, Vaughn delivered again with an RBI double to put Memphis ahead 2-1.
Memphis added two runs in the fourth inning. Goranson led off with a double and was replaced by pinch-runner Ijiah Hargrove. A walk to Haleigh Ross and a strikeout put two runners on with one out for Lindsie Knowles. Knowles delivered a run-scoring double to left field to score Hargrove and put Memphis up 3-1. A sacrifice fly by Crowdus scored Ross and increased the Memphis advantage to 4-1.
The Tigers broke the game open in the top of the fifth with a six-run inning. Mangum followed a Kelly Braman single with her second home run of the season, a two-run shot to make the score 6-1. Goranson and Ross each singled following the home run, and Crowdus drove in Goranson with a single three batters later to push the lead to 7-1. Hill followed Crowdus with an infield hit to score a run, and Vaughn drove in two with another double to put the Tigers up 10-1.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff added a run in the bottom of the fifth, but Novak was able to strand a runner on second and seal the 10-2 run-rule victory for the Tigers.
Memphis is back at Tiger Softball Complex on Tuesday, Mar. 18, and will host SEC foe Mississippi State. First pitch for Tuesday night's game is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CT.