Goodwin's Three Run Homer Helps Lead Memphis to Victory Over Temple
April 5, 2014
Memphis, Tenn. - University of Memphis freshman Brittany Vaughn went 2-for-4 and drove in a critical run in the sixth inning to lift the Tigers to a 6-4 win over Temple in game two of an American Athletic Conference doubleheader at the Tigers Softball Complex, Saturday. The victory was Memphis' first as an American Athletic Conference member.
After only three hits in game one, the Tigers' bats came alive in game two with 10 hits. Kelly Braman and Haleigh Ross both went 2-for-3 at the plate, and Georganna Goodwin hit a three-run homer to pace the Tigers' offense.
The Tigers broke a 4-all tie in the sixth inning with two runs to secure a 6-4 victory. Cierra Mangum led off the inning with a walk and Ijiah Hargrove came in to pinch run for Mangum. After a sacrifice bunt and a Lindsey Crowdus walk, Memphis had runners on first and second with one out. A Wheeler Hill groundout moved Hargrove to third and Crowdus to second. Hargrove then crossed the plate with the game winning run on Dominik's wild pitch for a 5-4 Tigers' lead. Vaughn followed with an insurance RBI when her single up the middle plated Crowdus to increase Memphis' lead 6-4.
Ellen Roberts came in the seventh with the tying run on the first and retired all three batters she faced to earn her third save of the season and second of the week.
Memphis led 4-1 heading into the top of the sixth but the Owls responded with three runs to tie the contest at 4-all. Leah Lucas led off with a double and Kelsey Dominik followed with a walk. After the Tigers retired the next two Owls' batters, Devynne Nelons cracked a three-run home run over the center field wall to tie the contest.
Temple grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first when Sarah Prezioso walked and later scored on a Tigers error. Memphis answered with three runs in the second and a run in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead.
In the Memphis half of the second inning, Braman and Ross led off with consecutive singles giving the Tigers runners at first and second with no outs. Goodwin followed with a three-run homerun over the left centerfield wall to put the Tigers ahead 3-1. The Tigers added a run in the fifth after their first two batters did not reach base. The rally started when Calli Irvin walked and advanced to second on Braman's single. Ross followed with a single to centerfield that scored Irvin from second to increase the Tigers' lead and set up a wild sixth inning.
Christian Novak (7-7) picked up the win, allowing four runs on four hits and striking out eight in six innings. Roberts struck out one in her save appearance.
The Tigers and the Owls return to action Sunday at 12 p.m. for the final game of the series.
Georganna Goodwin hit her second home run of the season with a three-run shot over the center field fence in the second inning.
Ellen Roberts picked up her third save of the season, 8th of her career.