Rough Start Costs Tigers in 3-2 Loss at Southern Miss
March 29, 2009
For Immediate Release
Memphis (14-18, 2-7) 000 020 0 - 2 5 1 Southern Miss (18-16, 7-5) 300 000 x - 3 2 5 W: Davis (8-6) L: Valle: (5-8) HR: USM- Razey (2)
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Memphis softball team held Southern Miss to just two first inning hits, but one proved to be the difference maker as the Golden Eagles earned a 3-2 victory on Sunday.
Sophomore Janelle Valle struggled early, giving up two-straight walks to begin the game. After a sac bunt, Southern Miss scored the first run on a sacrifice fly by Alexis Hurley. Ashley Razey then followed with a two-run homer to right center to put the Golden Eagles up by three.
After getting through the first inning, Valle settled down and did not allow a hit the rest of the way. Southern Miss only had two base runners after the first inning; a walk in the third inning and a batter reaching on an error in the sixth.
But Memphis came up short in a comeback attempt, scoring just two runs in the fifth inning despite five errors by the Golden Eagles. The Tigers left five runners on base and had a runner on in every inning but the seventh.
Freshman pinch runner Alyssa Palmieri scored the first run for the U of M after entering the game for freshman Nikki Moreno who singled and advanced to second on an error. A bunt single by senior Leandra Hines moved Palmieri to third. Hines then stole second and Palmieri scored on an error by the second baseman that allowed Hines to take third. Senior Leila Dolfo followed with a RBI single to right field to score Hines and cut the Southern Miss lead to one.
The Tigers had runners in scoring position in both the fourth and sixth innings. Southern Miss picked off senior Tori Gross at third in the fourth inning for the final out, and Memphis stranded a runner at second with two outs in the sixth innings on back-to-back strikeouts.
Valle falls to 5-8 on the year after allowing three runs on two hits in six innings. She struck out four and walked three.
Senior Samantha Davis (8-6) earned her second victory in the series. Davis allowed two runs on five hits and struck out five.
Memphis will next host UT Martin in a midweek doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m. at the Tiger Softball Complex.