Nance Powers Memphis to Doubleheader Sweep Against Lipscomb
March 14, 2007
For Immediate Release
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - University of Memphis softball junior Melissa Nance knocked in 11 RBI with three home runs in a doubleheader sweep of Lipscomb on Wednesday night at Greenbrook Park in Southaven, Miss. The Lady Tigers improved to 16-7 on the season after beating the Lady Bisons 13-4 in five innings to open the day and won 9-5 in the second game.
Nance knocked in a program record eight RBI in the opening game, hitting 4-for-4 with two home runs including a grand slam. The Frankfort, Ind., native scored three runs and had the game-winning RBIs in both games with home runs.
Coming into the game with three RBI, the 11 runs batted in for Nance gives her 14 on the season. Senior first baseman Kara Ross leads the team with 16.
Several other Lady Tigers put up impressive numbers as Memphis improved its winning streak to a program best five games. After going hitless in game one, sophomore shortstop Leila Dolfo went 3-for-4 in game two and had a pair of solo home runs. She is tied with Nance and freshman Heather Mott for the team lead in home runs with four.
Junior catcher Lindsay Kelso improved her hitting streak to a program record 11-straight games with three hits on the day, including a pair of doubles. Kelso scored two runs and knocked in two RBI. Senior third baseman Bridgette McNulty went 2-for-2 with two walks in the first game and scored four runs with two RBI. She hit her third home run of the season in the game. In game two, senior outfielder Lindsey Pridgen had a two-run double to score a couple first inning runs.
Senior pitcher Jenna Kubesch started the first game and picked up the win after pitching a shaky three innings. Kubesch (10-3) allowed four runs on six hits and struck out three. Senior pitcher Nicki Johnson picked up her first save in the game after entering in the fourth inning with a 6-4 lead. Johnson pitched two scoreless innings and struck out two.
In game two, Johnson (6-4) got the start and picked up her sixth win of the season in four and a third innings of work. Johnson allowed two earned runs on five hits and struck out four. Kubesch collected her first save, entering with one out in the fifth. Kubesch pitched two and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out four.
Memphis went down 1-0 in the first game to Lipscomb but scored two runs in the second to take the lead. Sophomore second baseman Tori Gross and sophomore left fielder Leandra Hines knocked in the two RBI in the inning. Lipscomb came back to take a 4-2 lead in the third inning after back-to-back home runs, but Memphis scored four runs in the bottom of the third on Nance's grand slam to take the lead for good. The Lady Tigers added four runs in the fourth on two-run home runs from Nance and McNulty. After an RBI double by Kelso, Nance hit a walk-off two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning to put Memphis over the eight-run lead cap.
In game two, Lipscomb again took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. But Memphis scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take a lead it never relinquished. Nance had an RBI bases loaded walk in the inning and Pridgen hit a two-run single. Lipscomb scored single runs in the second, third, fifth and sixth, but were not able to catch up with Memphis. Dolfo hit solo home runs in the second and sixth innings, Kelso hit an RBI double in the fourth and Nance had a two-run shot in the fifth.
The Lady Tigers will begin conference play this weekend as the team travels to El Paso to take on UTEP on Friday and Saturday. Live stats are available for all three games on www.GoTigersGo.com.