Memphis Falls in Extra Innings to No. 20 Tulsa
March 16, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A changed call on an inning ending play in the eighth inning helped No. 20 Tulsa score four unearned runs as the University of Memphis softball fell 4-2 in eight innings in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday.
In a scoreless game with two outs and the bases loaded for the Golden Hurricane in the top of the eighth, Cassidy Bowen hit a ground ball to Morgan Mosby. The ball was bobbled with Mosby recovering and attempting to make a last second dive at second for the putout to end the inning. The second base umpire originally called Jill Barrett out on the play to end the inning, but after a Tulsa protest and a meeting of the umpires, the play was changed to safe resulting in a run scored and a prolonged inning.
Memphis attempted to make a comeback down 4-0 heading into the bottom of the inning, but fell two runs short.
Ellen Roberts (5-10) suffered the loss after allowing four unearned runs on five hits with six strikeouts in eight innings.
Mosby led Memphis offensively, going 4-for-4 in the game with four singles and a run scored. Laura Curtis also had a multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-4.
Both pitchers kept batters in check early as Roberts and Aimee Creger each struck out four in the first three innings of play.
Memphis threatened in the sixth with Mosby getting a one-out single to the pitcher followed by a single up the middle by Curtis to put two on with just one out. Amber Lindahl loaded the bases for the Tigers after getting hit by a pitch, but an infield popup would keep the game scoreless after six.
In the eighth, Tulsa got on the board as four Memphis errors plated four runs for the Golden Hurricane following the changed inning ending call. Cierra Hughes scored the first run on an error at short. Julie Kernen followed with a two-run single to center that scored a third run on an error by the center fielder.
In the bottom of the inning, Mosby came through for Memphis with a one-out single through the left side to keep the Tigers alive. Curtis answered with a single through the left side before a fielding error allowed Mosby to score to cut Tulsa's lead to 4-1. With two outs, Lindahl came through with a single up the middle to score Curtis, but an 8-2-4 putout on Lindahl at second after the run scored ended the game for Memphis with the final score, 4-2.
Creger improved to 12-1 for Tulsa, allowing two runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts.