Lady Tigers Gain Double-Header Split with Belmont
March 15, 2006
Memphis 000 200 0 - 2 6 0 Belmont 100 003 x - 4 6 0NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Memphis put three runs on the board in both the third and fourth innings of game two of a double-header against Belmont to win the second half of the twinbill 8-4 after dropping a tough 4-2 decision in the first game of the day. Bridgette McNulty posted a huge day at the plate for the U of M, going 5-for-6 with three doubles to help the Tigers gain the split.
Memphis led for much of the much of game one, but saw Belmont post a late rally to pick up the come-from-behind victory.
The Tigers, however, wasted little time in getting the offense going in game two, jumping out to a 7-0 lead before Belmont, once again, mounted a late charge to cut the final margin to 8-4.
Memphis got on the board early in game two, when Cara Stiles walked, moved to second on a Leila Dolfo walk, moved to third on a Kimmi Hayden groundout and scored on a wild pitch to give the U of M a 1-0 lead after one-half inning.
The Tigers then brought three more runs across in the top of the third, using two hits and a pair of Bruin errors to take a 4-0 advantage. Designated player Laura Mahoney dealt the crucial blow with a two-RBI single up the middle, scoring McNulty and Nicki Johnson.
Memphis followed the big third inning with another solid frame in the fourth, as the Tigers batted around and plated three runs on four hits. Dolfo, Hayden and Cara Stiles all had singles and scored in the inning, while McNulty added a RBI double.
The U of M plated its final run in the seventh when Leandra Hines singled, stole a base and scored on a Stiles double.
Belmont scored a run each in the fourth and sixth innings, before plating two in the bottom of the seventh. Johnson, however, snuffed the rally to pick up her sixth victory of the season. The junior worked the full seven innings in the circle, giving up three earned runs on nine hits, while striking out eight.
McNulty, Mahoney and Stiles led the Tiger offense in game two, as McNulty was 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a RBI, Mahoney was 1-for-3 with three RBIs and Stiles was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
Game one of the day was a different story and was a tough one to swallow for Memphis, after it lead for much of the game before Belmont came up with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the victory.
The U of M took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth on a Dolfo, two-run single that scored Mahoney and McNulty.
Memphis kept the lead until the bottom of the sixth, but Belmont came storming back with three runs on three doubles and a walk, putting the Tigers in a 4-2 hole.
The U of M threatened in the top of the seventh after Dolfo lead off with a double, but Belmont pitcher Sammi Parks retired the next three Tiger batters to preserve the win for the Bruins.
McNulty was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles in game one and ended the day 5-for-6 with three doubles.
Dolfo took the loss for Memphis, giving up four earned runs on six hits, to fall to 2-3 on the season. The freshman did, however, add two hits, including a double.
With the split, Memphis moves to 12-10 on the season. The squad will return to action Saturday and Sunday, as it faces C-USA foe UTEP in the first-ever home series for the U of M. The three-game series is set to begin with a double-header at 1 p.m. Saturday before a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.