Roberts Tosses No-Hitter as Memphis Earns Pair of 1-0 Victories over Murray State
March 28, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Ellen Roberts threw a 1-0 no-hitter to help the University of Memphis softball team sweep a doubleheader against Murray State on Wednesday evening at the Tiger Softball Complex.
Memphis (9-26) won both games 1-0 behind two strong pitching performances. Freshman Jordan Richwood struck out a career high 11 batters in game two to earn her first career shutout.
Roberts threw the ninth no-hitter in school history and the fifth that went a complete seven innings. The last person to throw a no-hitter was Carly Hummel last year when she threw a school record three no-no's. Roberts is the fourth Memphis pitcher to throw a no-hitter. The game marked the second shutout of the season and third career for the sophomore Australian pitcher.
Roberts also went 3-for-3 with a double that led to the one run in her no-hitter and walked twice in game two. Memphis scored its run in game one on a throwing error in the bottom of the sixth inning and scored a run in game two in the first inning off an illegal pitch. Junior Morgan Mosby scored both runs.
Murray State (11-9) came into the game ranked No. 87 in the first RPI rankings of the season that were released on Monday.
Memphis will next host a three-game Conference USA series with Southern Miss on Saturday and Sunday. The two teams play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday and close with a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday.
The Australian native retired the first 13 Racers in order to begin the game before allowing a one-out walk to Ellyn Troup in the fifth inning. Roberts then struck out the next two batters and retired the final eight hitters for her first career no-hitter.
Roberts (5-12) struck out eight batters in the game, including six looking. She also had a career best three hits in a 3-for-3 performance with a double.
Memphis scored the lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Morgan Mosby led off the inning with a single up the middle. With one out, Roberts then doubled to left and Mosby scored after the throw from the left fielder sailed into the Murray State dugout.
Roberts struck out two in the top of the seventh to preserve her third career shutout and second of the season.
Mosby went 2-for-3 in the game with a run scored.
Shelby Kosmecki (5-4) suffered the loss for Murray State. Kosmecki allowed an unearned run on six hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
The 11 strikeouts tie a program season high, matching Carly Hummel's 11 against Missouri state earlier this season. It is the second 10+ strikeout performance for Richwood who struck out 10 in a loss at Alcorn State. The game marked the first collegiate shutout for the freshman pitcher.
Richwood (2-7) finished with no runs off four hits with a walk.
Alyssa Palmieri led the Tigers with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate. Sara Pearson was the only other U of M player to record a hit. Ellen Roberts went 0-for-1 with two walks. Morgan Mosby scored the only run in the game after scoring the one run in game one.
Memphis scored the only run in the game in the bottom of the first inning. Mosby reached base to lead off the game after the throw by the shortstop pulled the first baseman off the bag. A sac bunt, an illegal pitch and a walk put runners on the corners with one out. An illegal pitch on a ball batted by Jessica Phillips then resulted in the only run of the game to score.
Richwood pitched out of several jams in the game. All four hits by the Racers were doubles and all came with one out or less. Murray State put a runner on third in both the third and fifth innings, but was unable to record more than one hit in an inning. Richwood retired the final nine batters in order to end the game.
Chelsey Sullivan (4-3) suffered the loss for the Racers. Sullivan allowed an unearned run on three hits with four walks and four strikeouts.