Memphis Strikeouts 17 in 7-0 Victory over Alabama State
April 6, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Carly Hummel and Lauren Carley combined for 17 strikeouts in a 7-0 University of Memphis shutout over Alabama State in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at the Tiger Softball Complex.
The 17 strikeouts is the second highest team total in school history behind the 19 K performance by Hummel in extra innings against Texas A&M earlier this season.
Hummel struck out 14 out of a possible 15 outs in five innings of no hit work, allowing a leadoff walk to begin the game before retiring the next 15 straight. She improves to 13-4 on the season in a game that marked her second time eclipsing the 10+ strikeout mark this season and 7th in her career.
Carley pitched the final two innings and held the Hornets scoreless on two hits with three strikeouts. The senior pitched out of a bases loaded, one out jam in the seventh inning to preserve the shutout. Alabama State (8-21) recorded its first hit in the game with one out in the seventh as Memphis (22-10) put together a stretch of 19-straight retired between the leadoff walk and a one out walk in the seventh.
Junior first baseman Jessica Phillips went 2-for-4 in the game with a triple and her 10th home run of the season. Phillips tripled to lead off the third inning and scored on a single by freshman Ashleigh King.
Later in the fourth, she hit a two-out, two-run line drive over the left field fence to cap the Memphis scoring at seven. Phillips ranks fourth in school history with 10 home runs on the season, two behind the record of 12 set by Bridgette McNulty in 2006.
Maddie McKinley and Ashleigh King also had multi-hit performances with all but one player in the starting lineup recording a hit. The Tigers compiled a total of 12 hits in the game, which is the second highest hitting performance of the season and third time with 10 or more.
Memphis took a 1-0 lead in the first inning with Heather Mott scoring a run on two errors and a hit. Mott and Phillips both had two runs scored to lead the U of M. The Tigers then scored two more runs in the second inning. Freshman Ijiah Hargrove walked with the bases loaded to score Kailey Kassner and Alex Marshall scored on a wild pitch.
In the third, Memphis scored a fourth run after Phillips leadoff triple and the single by King. The Tigers ended their scoring in the fourth with three runs. After a leadoff double by Mott, McKinley knocked her in from third and Phillips followed with her two-run shot.
Memphis is now 30-0 all-time against schools from the Southwest Athletic Conference. The two teams continue the doubleheader with the second game.