Bossom Pitches 10 Scoreless Innings in Two Victories
March 16, 2008
For Immediate Release
Game One Memphis 101 100 3 - 6 9 2 Vermont (2-12) 000 100 0 - 1 2 4 WP: Valle (7-4) LP: Abaray (0-4) SV: Bossom (1) HR: (MEM) Dolfo (7), Kelso (5) 2B: (MEM) Rowan (1)
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Freshman Kimber Bossom pitched 10 shutout innings on Sunday to help the University of Memphis softball team win its final two games at the Winthrop/adidas Invitational. The Tigers completed a 6-1 victory over Vermont in a game that was suspended due to inclement weather in the top of the fifth inning on Sunday and then closed with a 5-0 blanking of Furman.
Memphis improves to 16-11 on the season and finished 3-1 in the tournament's Pool B group. Bossom and senior center fielder Lindsay Kelso were both named to the all-tournament team.
The U of M had a 3-1 lead over Vermont on Saturday when rain and lightning suspended the game and postponed the remaining day's schedule. After freshman Janelle Valle had started the game and pitched the full four innings on Saturday, Bossom pitched in relief to begin Sunday's play. The Dayton, Texas native pitched three hitless innings with five strikeouts for her first collegiate save. Valle earned the victory and improved to 7-4 on the year.
Bossom then started against Furman and pitched a two-hit shutout over the Paladins with six strikeouts. It is her second shutout of the week after throwing a no-hitter against Alabama A&M on Sunday. Bossom improves to 7-4 on the year and finished the week 3-1 with a save.
Kelso homered in each of the two games and had three solo shots in the tournament. Leila Dolfo also hit her team-leading seventh homer of the season against Vermont and redshirt-freshman Heather Mott had a two-run shot against Furman.
Dolfo gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead against Vermont with a home run to leadoff the game. Memphis then scored single runs in the third and fourth innings. Mott singled in Kelso for the game-winning run, and junior Leandra Hines had a RBI single to score senior Melissa Nance.
The Catamounts drew within two with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it 3-1 Memphis. A single, hit batter and walk loaded the bases with no outs as Valle escaped from the inning with only the one run scored.
In the top of the fifth with two outs, lightning struck and the game was suspended. The game was called with sophomore Leigh Rowan on second after doubling and Nance at the plate with a 0-1 count.
When play resumed on Sunday, the Tigers increased their lead to 6-3 with three runs in the seventh. Kelso led off the inning with a home run and junior Kimmi Hayden and Rowan scored on a passed ball and a fielding error.
Memphis pitching only allowed two hits to Vermont in the game.
Against Furman, Memphis jumped to a 3-0 lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Hayden singled in Dolfo who had walked to lead off the inning, and Mott hit a two-run dinger to left.
Kelso added a run in the third inning on her second homer of the day, and Rowan hit an RBI single to score Hayden in the sixth.
Memphis will next host a midweek doubleheader with Wichita State on Wednesday beginning at 2 p.m. at the Tiger Softball Complex. The Tigers will then play a three-game conference series at UAB on Friday and Saturday.