Tigers Devour Golden Eagles with 10 Runs on 18 Hits in 10-4 Win
April 6, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The offense came alive for the University of Memphis softball team (16-26, 4-9 C-USA) in game one of a doubleheader at Southern Miss (11-27, 1-11 C-USA) as the Tigers put together 18 hits on their way to a 10-3 victory.
The 18 hits are a season best and tie for the fourth most in school history. The last time the Tigers recorded 18 hits came in a 13-inning win against the Golden Eagles in Memphis last year.
Three players recorded four hits in the win for Memphis with junior catcher Amber Lindahl, freshman third baseman Cierra Mangum and freshman outfielder Hannah Harrell all going 4-for-5 in the game. Mangum scored a career best three runs and senior shortstop Laura Curtis tied a career best with three RBI.
The 10 runs are a program high against Southern Miss and snaps a nine-game conference losing streak. Memphis has won seven of the last eight games with the Golden Eagles.
Sophomore RHP Ellen Roberts (8-17) went the distance in the circle for her eighth victory of the season. Roberts allowed three earned runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
The Tigers got their bats going right away with senior outfielder Lelani Bernardino leading off with a single to centerfield. On the ensuing at bat, Curtis doubled down the left field line to bring home Bernardino for a 1-0 Memphis lead. The double is the 12th of the season for Curtis, who leads C-USA in the category.
With two outs, Memphis kept its offense going with singles from Mangum, Roberts and Lindahl to add two more runs for the Tigers. A nice bunt from Harrell loaded the bases for Memphis, but a liner to short ended the inning for the U of M.
Memphis loaded the bases in the third with singles from Mangum, Lindahl and Harrell. Junior outfielder Ijiah Hargrove drove in Mangum with a sac fly to left and Lindahl scored on a RBI fielder's choice by Curtis.
In the bottom of the third, Sarah Evans reached second base off a Memphis outfield error to begin the inning. Evans advanced to third on a groundout before stealing home after a walk to cut Southern Miss' deficit to 5-1.
Junior first baseman Kelly Bramangot Memphis going in the fourth with a double down the left field line while Mangum singled to third to put two one with no outs. A single by Lindahl down the right field line loaded the bases for Memphis before Harrell drove in Braman for a 6-1 lead. A fielding error by the USM first baseman helped Memphis tack on two more runs in the inning to make it 8-1.
The Golden Eagles cut into the Memphis lead in the fourth with a two-run shot to left center by Jenifer Gary for an 8-3 score.
Bunts from Harrell and Hargrove got Memphis started in the sixth inning. With both in scoring position, a fielder's choice scored Harrell before Hargrove came home on a sac bunt from Morgan Mosbyto make it 10-3.
Southern Miss scored its fourth run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Michelle Stringer singled up the middle to lead off and scored on a two-out double to left center by Evans.
Stringler led the Golden Eagles at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Gary finished with two RBI.
Beth Dietrich (1-8) suffered the loss, allowing eight earned runs on 18 hits with one strikeout and a walk.
Memphis and Southern Miss complete the doubleheader Saturday afternoon before concluding the three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m.