Softball Drops Pair To UT-Martin
April 5, 2006
Memphis 010 100 0 - 2 6 3 UT-Martin 000 231 x - 6 7 1MARTIN, Tenn. - The Memphis softball team was swept in a double-header Wednesday at UT-Martin, as the Tiger offense struggled to put runs on the board, and dropped 6-2 and 1-0 decisions to the Skyhawks at Bettye Giles Field.
The U of M got the day off to a good start in the first game of the day, taking an early 2-0 lead, but UT-Martin plated six late runs to win the first half of the twinbill.
The Lady Tigers added to the lead in the top of the fourth, with Gross walking and scoring on a Lindsey Pridgen, two-out single to right to give Memphis a 2-0 lead. However, that would be the end of the Memphis scoring, as UTM starter Kara Harper shut the bats down the rest of the way.
The Skyhawks tied the score with two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth on a single, a double and a Lady Tiger error. They then tacked on three more runs in the fifth, using singles from Fallon Lowery, Jennifer Young and Brittany Nash, along with a Tiger error, to take a 5-2 lead.
UT-Martin plated its final run when Justine Pineda scored on a controversial catcher's interference call following a single by Savannah Roberts.
Memphis had six hits in game one, with Kimmi Hayden posting a 2-for-3 effort to lead the way.
Nicki Johnson fell to 8-7 in the circle, giving up six runs - three earned - on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five.
The second game of the day was a much tighter affair, with Jenna Kubesch and UT-Martin ace Ashley Myatt locked in a pitcher's duel.
Kubesch allowed just one hit and no runs through five innings, but, despite out-hitting the Skyhawks five to four, the Lady Tiger offense could not take advantage.
The U of M had chances to score, in both the second and third innings, putting two runners on in both frames. But each time, Myatt slammed the door to keep Memphis off the board.
The contest remained tied at zero going into the bottom of the sixth, before UT-Martin broke through with an unearned run on three singles, a walk and an error. Christa Webb singled to lead off the inning, then scored the game-winning run when Nash singled and a throw by Pridgen sailed wide of first base.
Kubesch proceeded to work out of the jam, but the one run would be all UTM would need, as Myatt retired the side in order in the seventh to hand Memphis the defeat.
Five different Lady Tiger hitters picked up a knock apiece in the contest, but all five hits were singles.
Kubesch took the hard-luck loss, striking out eight and allowing just four hits and one run - zero earned - in six innings of work. The junior falls to 7-5 on the year.
With the pair of defeats, Memphis drops to 18-17 on the season, while UT-Martin improves to 24-16-1.
The Lady Tigers will be back in action Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9 when they host Southern Miss in a three-game C-USA series at Greenbrook Park.