Memphis Falls to UAB after Error Plagued Start
March 24, 2013
MEMPHIS - Six errors in the opening two innings led to a downward spiral for the University of Memphis softball team in an 11-1 loss to UAB on Sunday at the Tigers Softball Complex.
The Tigers (14-20, 3-6 C-USA) dropped all three games of the series with the Blazers (18-7, 8-1 C-USA), losing the final game in a five-inning run-rule.
Junior catcher Amber Lindahl drove in the only Memphis run with a single to centerfield in the fourth inning as the Tigers avoided the shutout. Freshman Lindsie Knowles scored the run after entering the game as a pinch runner for freshman third baseman Cierra Mangum.
Junior RHP Ellen Roberts(7-13) was chased from the game early after giving up seven runs on five hits and three walks in an inning-plus of work. Only two of the seven runs were earned.
Sophomore RHP Jordan Richwoodpitched the final four innings and allowed four runs on four hits with eight strikeouts. Memphis pitching combined for nine strikeouts in the five innings.
Lauren Webster (7-2) pitched a complete-game victory for UAB, allowing one run on three hits and striking out nine.
Kate Armstrong led the Blazers, hitting 3-for-3 with four RBI and a run scored. Whitney Fletcher finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored.
UAB scored two unearned runs in the top of the first. Caitlin Attfield led off the game reaching on an error and scored on a single by Armstrong. Fletcher scored on the play as well, advancing home on a throwing error at second.
In the second inning, the Blazers scored five more runs on three hits and four errors to take a 7-0 lead. Amrstrong hit a two-run single in the inning and UAB also had RBIs from Heather Pearson and Kristen McGrath.
Armstrong hit a solo home run to left in the fourth inning to give UAB an 8-0 lead. Memphis answered with its only run in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Mangrum walked and was followed by a single by senior shortstop Laura Curtis. Lindahl then singled to drive in the run from second.
UAB scored three two-out runs in the top of the fifth. Attfield singled and advanced to third on a stolen base and a wild pitch. Pearson followed with a single to left to drive in the run and Fletcher homered to center to cap the scoring.
Memphis will play its next 11 games on the road. The Tigers travel for a doubleheader at Jackson State on Tuesday and then head to Huntington, W.Va., for a three-game series at Marshall on Friday and Saturday.