@MemphisSoftball Falls 1-0 to UCF
March 22, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. - Despite outhitting the Knights 6-4, Memphis (13-16, 0-2) lost a close 1-0 contest at UCF (24-10, 3-0) in game two of Saturday's doubleheader at UCF Softball Complex.
UCF third baseman Farrah Sullivan hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning and that proved to be the difference in the game.
Christian Novak (5-6) suffered the loss for Memphis, allowing just the Sullivan home run in two innings of work. Jordan Richwood pitched four scoreless innings of relief for Memphis, allowing three hits and striking out two UCF batters. Richwood did not allow a UCF base runner past second base in her four innings of work.
Mackenzie Audas (9-8) pitched a complete game for UCF, allowing six hits while striking out five Tigers.
After Memphis was retired in order in the first inning, Sullivan gave the Knights a 1-0 lead with her first home run of the season to left field.
Crowdus got the first hit of the day for the Tigers with a two-out single in the top of the third, but the freshman was left on the bases as UCF kept a hold of their 1-0 lead.
Memphis put two runners on base in the top of the fourth. Vaughn led off the inning with a single and Cierra Mangum also reached base after an error. With two runners on and two outs, Ellen Roberts hit a sharp line drive that was run down by UCF center fielder Mariah Garcia to end the threat.
In the fifth, Crowdus doubled and Hill singled with two outs, but Audas again escaped trouble with a strikeout and kept the Tigers scoreless.
Memphis put together one final rally in the seventh inning. With one out, pinch-hitter Libby Goranson drew a walk and Haleigh Ross singled to left field to put two runners on base. Audas forced a fly out and ground out to end the contest and give UCF a second consecutive 1-0 victory.
Memphis and UCF conclude the three-game series Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. CT.