Memphis Softball Suffers 2-1 Loss to Mississippi State
March 18, 2014
Memphis, Tenn. - The University of Memphis softball team (13-13) suffered a 2-1 loss to Mississippi State (22-8) on Tuesday night at Tiger Softball Complex. The Bulldogs scored the winning run in the top of the seventh inning after the game was tied for most of the night.
Memphis has now suffered two defeats by a total of two runs against the Bulldogs this season. Mississippi State also beat the Tigers 3-2 in Gulfport, Miss. on Mar. 1.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Christian Novak started in the circle for the Lady Tigers. Novak struck out her first batter of the evening and finished with four strikeouts and allowed three hits in 3.1 innings pitched.
Ellen Roberts (7-6) suffered the loss after relieving Novak in the fourth inning. Roberts finished the game allowing three hits and striking out two batters in 3.2 innings pitched.
Caroline Seitz finished 2-for-4 for the Bulldogs. Alison Owen (11-6) picked up the win for Mississippi State as the Bulldogs used four pitchers on the night.
Memphis gained an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Irvin singled to right field to score Crowdus from second. Crowdus recorded her first double of the season with a shot to left field to lead off the contest.
Mississippi State tied the game with a double from Katie Anne Bailey in the top of the fourth inning, which brought in Mackenzie Toler to even the game 1-1.
After the Bulldogs tied the game, both teams struggled to get anything going until the Tigers broke through with a double in the sixth inning by Vaughn. However, the Tigers were unable to capitalize and stranded Vaughn at second.
In the seventh, Mississippi State scored the game-winning run to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead off a Memphis error. The Bulldogs got a hit to start the top of the inning but the Tigers recorded a crucial double play on the next batter. With two outs Julia Echols drew a walk and then scored after the Memphis error.
The Tigers return to the field tomorrow against Arkansas in Sherwood, Ark. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. (CT).