Roberts Throws One-Hitter in Loss to Temple
April 5, 2014
Memphis, Tenn.-- University of Memphis senior Ellen Roberts had a strong performance on the mound but the Tigers softball squad dropped a 1-0 decision to Temple in game one of an American Athletic Conference doubleheader Saturday.
Roberts (8-12) struck out six and allowed only one hit in her 12th complete game of the season.
With the loss, Memphis fell to 15-21 overall and 0-6 in conference play. Temple improves to 10-15 and 1-3.
The game was scoreless until the fourth when Temple senior Sarah Prezioso belted a solo home run over the left center field wall. Owls right-hander Kelsey Dominik (6-6) and the Temple defense kept the Tigers from crossing the plate in the game's final innings to secure the win.
The Tigers attempted to answer in the bottom of the fourth inning. Lindsey Crowdus led off the fourth with a single and advanced to second on Wheeler Hill's sacrifice bunt. Crowdus then moved to third on Brittany Vaughn's fly out to center field. Crowdus, however was unable to score when Calli Irvin flied out to second base to end the inning.
Memphis had two other scoring chances each in the last two innings. In the sixth, Crowdus earned a two-out walk and Hill followed with a single to left field, giving the Tigers two runners on base. Memphis' scoring opportunity was thwarted when Vaughn flied out to left field to end the inning.
In the seventh, Irvin led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Again, the Tigers were unable to push the tying run across the plate.
Crowdus, Hill, and Irvin accounted for all three hits for the Tigers.
Prezioso's homer was her fourth of the season. Dominik walked only two in her 11th complete game of the season.
The Tigers-Owls game two of Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.
Ellen Roberts pitched her second game giving up one-hit or less in her career.
Ellen Roberts needs just four strikeouts to tie the program record in the category.
Brittany Vaughn broke her twelve game streak of reaching base.