No. 20 Tulsa Wins Series Final, 9-2
March 17, 2013
MEMPHIS - Led by a seven-run fourth inning, No. 20 Tulsa defeated the University of Memphis softball team 9-2 in the series final on Sunday at the Tigers Softball Complex.
The Golden Hurricane (23-5, 6-0) complete the three-game conference sweep as Memphis falls to 3-3 in Conference USA and 11-17 overall.
A day after no-hitting the Tigers, Tulsa's Lacey Middlebrooks (9-2) held Memphis to two runs on four hits and struck out nine in six innings.
Tulsa got on the board first in the third inning, scoring two unearned runs. Following an error at short on a ball hit by Caitlin Everett, Samantha Cobb hit her fourth home run of the year with a two-out shot that barely cleared the center field fence.
The Golden Hurricane broke the game open with seven runs on eight hits in the fourth inning and stranded the bases loaded.
Memphis avoided being shutout and run-ruled with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. Laura Curtis began the scoring with a one-out single to right and advanced to third on an error. She was followed by Braman who singled through the right side to score the first run. With two outs, Libby Goransonhit a bases loaded single to score Braman. The Tigers left the bases loaded in the inning.
Ellen Roberts (5-11) suffered the loss for Memphis, allowing six earned runs on eight hits in three and two-third innings. Jordan Richwoodpitched effectively in the final three and a third innings, allowing no runs on three hits with three strikeouts.
Tulsa pounded out 14 hits and had six players with multiple hits. Shelby Blanton went 3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored, while Cobb finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI.
Memphis will regroup and host six games this week at the Tigers Softball Complex. Samford comes into town for a single game on Tuesday at 5 p.m. followed by a doubleheader with Alcorn State on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m. The Tigers will conclude the week with a three-game series against UAB on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free for all home games.