Memphis Falls in Both Games of a Doubleheader at Jackson State
March 26, 2013
JACKSON, Miss. - The University of Memphis softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader at Jackson State on Tuesday at the JSU Softball Complex.
The Tigers fell 6-2 in game one before dropping an 11-3 six-inning decision in game two.
With temperatures in the low 40's and the wind chill even cooler, Memphis struggled to get its bats going and to play error free. The U of M was out-hit in the two games 9-19 and committed eight errors resulting in seven unearned runs.
Senior shortstop Laura Curtis led the team offensively, going 3-for-6 with two doubles, a run scored and three RBI. She drove in all three runs in game two.
Jackson State scored in five of six innings in game one and built up a 4-0 lead before Memphis scored its first run in the fourth inning. The U of M left eight runners on base in the game and plated runs in the fourth and seventh innings despite stranding the bases loaded in the sixth.
Ellen Roberts (7-14) suffered the loss after allowing three earned runs on nine hits with six strikeouts in six innings. Jasmine Warren (4-5) earned the victory for JSU, pitching seven innings and allowed one earned run on five hits with a strikeout.
Warren also went 3-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored and two doubles in the game.
In game two, Memphis took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first after Lelani Bernardino scored on a sac bunt by Curtis. Jackson State answered back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game and scored two runs in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead.
Memphis scored two runs in the top of the fifth on a two-run, two-out double by Curtis. However, JSU answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to regain its lead. Jackson State then scored four more runs in the bottom of the sixth to complete the run rule. Tahlisa Blosser hit a pinch hit, walk-off two-run home run to end the game.
Jordan Richwood (6-7) suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs on eight hits and four strikeouts in five innings. Breea Jamerson (13-14) earned the victory, allowing two earned runs on four hits with a strikeout.
Memphis will next play at Marshall on Friday and Saturday in a three-game conference series.