Tulsa Overpowers Memphis, 8-0
March 16, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis softball team (11-16, 3-2 C-USA) struggled to find their offense in the second game of a doubleheader against No. 20 Tulsa (22-5, 5-0 C-USA), being no-hit in an 8-0 loss to the Golden Hurricane on Saturday.
Tulsa took a 3-0 lead in the first inning as Caitlin Everett led off with a triple to left field to get the Golden Hurricane started. After Jill Barrett drew a walk, an error by Memphis scored two Tulsa runs before a single by Julie Kernen to left center pushed the Golden Hurricane lead to 3-0.
Tulsa added two more runs in the second inning with hits from Jodi Edmiston, Everett and Barrett to take a 5-0 lead. In the third, Tulsa threatened again by loading the bases, but a popup to first base helped Memphis escape the inning without any more damage.
Memphis attempted a rally in the fourth as Morgan Mosby began the inning by reaching on a throwing error by the third baseman. After pinch runner Hannah Harrell moved to third on a groundout, Kelly Braman drew a walk and stole second to put runners in scoring position for Memphis. However, a grounder to the pitcher would end the threat for the Tigers.
The Golden Hurricane added another run in the sixth with a sac fly from Cassidy Bowen to score Barrett for a 6-0 advantage before putting together four hits in the seventh to plate two more runs for an 8-0 win.
Middlebrooks (8-2) earned the win for Tulsa while Jordan Richwood (5-5) was given the loss for the Tigers.
Memphis will wrap up its three-game series with Tulsa tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Tigers Softball Complex. The Tigers will hold a free clinic after Sunday's game for children in eighth grade and under. Admission is free to all Memphis softball games.