Memphis Cruises to 6-1 Victory at Southern Miss
March 31, 2007
For Immediate Release
Memphis (21-11, 3-4) 102 100 2 - 6 11 1 Southern Miss (10-25, 1-6) 100 000 0 - 1 4 2 Win - Kubesch (13-5) Loss - Davis (1-7) Save - None. HR - (MEM) Dolfo (5), Pridgen (2) 2B - (MEM) Ross (5), Dolfo (13)
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - In 15 games, only one time has the University of Memphis softball team lost after scoring first. The Lady Tigers improved that mark to 16 with a 6-1 victory over Southern Miss at the USM Softball Complex in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Memphis took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out single by sophomore catcher Kimmi Hayden with the bases loaded. The Golden Eagles tied the game in the bottom of the inning with an unearned run, but that would be all they would get as Memphis senior Jenna Kubesch turned up the heat in her 13th victory of the season. The right-hander held Southern Miss scoreless the remaining six innings.
Memphis improved to 21-11 on the season and 3-4 in Conference USA, while Southern Miss falls to 10-25 and 1-6.
Kubesch scattered four hits with eight strikeouts and no walks, improving to 13-5 on the season. The 13 victories tie her career high. The Weimar, Texas, native retired 15 USM batters in a row after a single in the second inning, before allowing a hit with two-outs in the seventh. Kubesch struck out four in the final two innings.
Sophomore shortstop Leila Dolfo paced the Lady Tigers with a 3-for-5 performance, coming a triple short of the cycle. The Chula Vista, Calif., native hit her team leading fifth home run of the season with a solo blast in the fourth inning.
Four Memphis players had multi-hit outings. Senior first baseman Kara Ross went 2-for-4 with a run scored, senior third baseman Bridgette McNulty went 2-for-2 with the game-winning RBI and Hayden finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Senior center fielder Lindsey Pridgen also had two RBI in the game, both coming on a home run off the scoreboard in left-center.
Southern Miss pitcher Samantha Davis struck out the first two Memphis batters looking to begin the game, but Memphis rallied to score a one before leaving the bases loaded. Junior Lindsay Kelso began the scoring drive after being hit by a pitch and was followed by a single from Ross to left field. McNulty loaded the bases with the second hit batter of the inning allowing Hayden to knock in the first run of the game with a single down the right field line to score Kelso.
The Golden Eagles tied the game in their half of the inning on an unearned run scored by Logan James, who led off a single to left and advanced to second on a throwing error. A sac bunt moved James to third and a two-out single to center by Jennifer Fox knocked in the run.
Memphis regained its lead in the third, scoring two runs to take a 3-1 advantage. Leandra Hines reached base to lead off the inning on an infield fielding error and was moved to third on a double by Ross. McNulty knocked in Hines with a sacrifice fly to right field and advanced Ross to third allowing Hayden to hit in her second RBI of the game on an infield single.
A solo home run to left field by Dolfo gave Memphis a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning. Pridgen added two more runs to the Lady Tiger lead with a two-run shot, her second home run of the season.
The two teams will play the second game of the doubleheader before concluding the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Kara Ross hit her fifth double of the season in the third inning. The game also marks her 10th multi-hit game of the season, which leads the team. Ross has six multi-hit games in the past nine contests.
The five doubles for Kara Ross on the season is a career high.
Bridgette McNulty scored the Lady Tigers second run of the game with her first sacrifice fly of the season. McNulty now has 19 RBI after knocking in Leandra Hines, who had reached on an error. The run is Hines' 16th of the season.
Kimmi Hayden had her first multi-RBI game of the season and sixth multi-hit game of the year. She has four multi-hit games in the past seven contests.
Leila Dolfo hit her team-leading fifth home run of the season in the fourth inning. The homer is Dolfo's fourth solo shot of the season and her 13th RBI and 19th run scored.
Leila Dolfo set a new career season high with her 13th double of the year in the sixth inning. The mark is also a Memphis season best.
Bridgette McNulty had her third-multi hit game of the season with two singles.
The 13 base runners left on by Memphis is the most since leaving 13 stranded against Jacksonville earlier in the season on Feb. 16. The Lady Tigers left the bases loaded twice in the game; first and sixth inning.
Lindsey Pridgen blasted her second home run of the season in the seventh inning off the scoreboard in left center. The two-run blast brought in her ninth and 10th RBI of the season. It is her third multi-RBI game of the season.
Leila Dolfo came a triple short of the cycle in a 3-for-5 performance. The three hits ties her career high, which she has accomplished four times and three times this season.
Memphis had its seventh 10+ hit game of the season with 11 in the game.
Jenna Kubesch retired 15 batters in a row after allowing an infield single in the second inning before giving up a two-out single in the seventh. Kubesch allowed only four hits in the game and struck out eight.
Jenna Kubesch picked up her 13th victory of the season, tying her career high.
Bridgette McNulty knocked in the winning-run with her sacrifice fly in the second inning. It is her third game-winning RBI of the season.
Leandra Hines scored the winning run in the game. It is her third game-winner of the season.
Memphis is now 3-1 all-time against Southern Miss.