Memphis Ties C-USA League Record with 19 Runs in 19-1 Win at Southern Miss
April 6, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Memphis softball team continued its offensive outbreak beating Southern Miss 19-1 in five innings to sweep the doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
The 19 runs ties a Conference USA record for most runs in a conference game, matching UAB's run total against Charlotte on April 24, 2005. The mark ties for second in school history and is the highest run total for Memphis since its inaugural season in 2006. It also matches the highest run total allowed in Southern Miss' school history.
Memphis (17-26, 5-9 C-USA) swept the doubleheader by a combined score of 29-5 to claim its second C-USA series win and first since opening with a three-game sweep at UTEP. Southern Miss falls to 11-28 and 1-12 in league play.
Memphis also tied a school record with seven stolen bases led by senior outfielder Lelani Bernardino who had two.
Four Tigers recorded multiple RBI, while six scored multiple runs. Memphis finished with 12 hits in the game and 30 in the doubleheader.
Freshman outfielder Hannah Harrell went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI and finished 7-for-8 on the day with three runs scored. Bernardino went 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored.
Senior shortstop Laura Curtis led the team with a career high four runs scored and drove in three runs. Curtis knocked in six runs in the two-games. Freshman Cierra Mangum went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored and went 6-for-8 with four RBI and five runs scored in the two games.
Sophomore RHP Jordan Richwood (8-8) earned the victory in the circle, allowing no runs on two hits with three strikeouts in three innings. Sophomore RHP Sara Pearson pitched the final two innings and allowed one run on one hit with four walks.
Memphis took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Bernardino led off the game with a single through the right side and advanced to third on a stolen base and a wild pitch. She then scored on a dropped strike three to senior second baseman Morgan Mosby. Curtis later scored the second run after reaching on a walk and scoring on an error on a groundball hit by Mangum.
The Tigers tacked on seven runs in the second inning on six hits and an error for a 9-0 lead. Harrell led off the inning on a single and later scored on an error on a ball hit by Hargrove that allowed her to reach third. Bernardino followed with an RBI single. Later Mangum brought in a run with a bases loaded walk. She was followed by RBI singles from Lindahl and Harrell and a two-run single by Hargrove.
In the fourth inning, Memphis put together its biggest inning of the year with eight runs on three hits and an error to take a 17-0 lead. Back-to-back walks and a bunt single by Harrell loaded the bases with no outs. Mangum scored the first run of the inning on a wild pitch. Pearson later scored on an RBI by Bernardino. Curtis followed with a bases-clearing double to left and scored on an RBI single by Mangum. Mosby scored on an RBI bases-loaded hit-by-pitch to freshman Georganna Goodwin and freshman Jaye Smith scored the eighth run on a wild pitch.
Memphis added a couple unearned runs in the top of the fifth to take a 19-0 lead. Curtis and freshman Lindsie Knowles scored on errors in the inning.
Southern Miss scored its lone run in the bottom of the fifth with four of the first five batters reaching on walks. Sarah Evans drove in the lone run with a bases-loaded walk.
Morgan McKeever led the Golden Eagles with two of the team's three hits in a 2-for-2 outing. Kimberly Wagner (6-7) suffered the loss in the circle, allowing 19 runs on 12 hits with nine walks and six strikeouts.
Memphis and Southern Miss will conclude the three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Southern Miss Softball Complex.