Memphis Beats Alcorn State with Seventh-Inning Comeback
March 20, 2013
MEMPHIS – The University of Memphis softball team needed some late inning heroics in a 3-2 victory over Alcorn State in game one of a doubleheader on Wednesday at the Tigers Softball Complex.
Trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers scored two unearned runs to earn the comeback victory.
Junior RHP Ellen Roberts (7-11) tied a career high with 13 strikeouts to pick up her second-straight victory. Roberts allowed two runs on five hits with a walk. The 13 strikeouts rank tied for sixth in school history and equals Roberts’ best mark set in a 13-inning victory against Southern Miss last year.
Sophomore Sara Pearson led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to put the tying run on base. An error on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Georganna Goodman put runners on the corners with no outs. Junior Amber Lindahl then hit a ground ball to third and the ball was thrown away, allowing pinch runners Hannah Harrell and Lindsie Knowles to score the tying and winning runs.
Alcorn State tied the game up with a run in the top third. Rayven Riggs hit a two-out single and advanced to second on a stolen base. Hannah Vesper followed with a double to left center to score Riggs.
The Braves took a 2-1 lead in the top fifth scoring their second two-out run. Chqueta Givens tripled to center field and scored on a bloop double to right.
Alcorn State outhit Memphis 5-4 in the game. Deanna Ranciliio suffered the loss, allowing one earned run on four hits and striking out three.