Memphis-Houston Game Notes
March 30, 2008
Rayna McClinton is making her fifth start of the season. The freshman is 2-1 on the season with 22 strikeouts. McClinton's last start came in a complete game victory over Alabama A&M on March 12.
Head Coach Windy Thees changed things up in the batting lineup as the team looks for a different approach in attempting to snap a five-game losing streak. Heather Mott moves from the middle of the lineup to bat second behind Leila Dolfo. Kimmi Hayden makes her first start in the third hole, while Rowan starts for the fourth time as the cleanup hitter. Lindsay Kelso makes her first start batting fifth, Leandra Hines maker her first in the sixth spot. Tori Gross, Maddie McKinley and Kim Sirman round out the Memphis batting order.
It only took two batters for Memphis to record a hit of Houston's Angel Shamblin the second time around. On Saturday, Shamblin threw a five-inning perfect game against the Tigers. Heather Mott recorded a hit through the right side.
Heather Mott stole her second base of the season in the first inning. It was her first steal attempt since swiping second against Alabama A&M on Feb. 23.
Lindsay Kelso had a hit taken away in the top of the second inning. Kelso hit a sharp grounder to the left of the third baseman. Houston shortstop Jessica Valis gobbled the ball up deep in the hole and fired it to first to retire Kelso.
Leigh Rowan stole her second base of the season in the fourth inning after singling to center field. Rowan stole third after leading off half way and not drawing a throw from the catcher.
Memphis loaded the bases with two-outs in the top of the fourth inning on a single and two rare walks by Houston pitcher Angel Shamblin. Shamblin has only walked 13 batters in 125+ innings this season. Shamblin however got Tori Gross to strikeout looking for the third out. It was Shamblin's ninth strikeout through four innings with six of them looking.