Memphis Run-Rules Alcorn State Twice in Doubleheader Sweep
April 10, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Sparked by a couple big innings and strong pitching, the University of Memphis softball team outscored Alcorn State 18-0 in a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday afternoon.
The Tigers (14-29) earned a 10-0 victory in a five-inning run-rule in game one over the Braves (7-29) and then won game two 8-0 behind a five-inning one-hit shutout by freshman Jordan Richwood. Memphis outhit Alcorn State 20-4 in the two games and committed just one error.
Richwood struck out 10 and allowed just a bloop bunt single in front of the plate with one out in the fifth inning. Only two Braves reached base in the game, both in the fifth inning after Richwood had retired the first 12 batters in order.
Roberts threw a three-hit shutout in game one and earned her seventh victory of the season after Memphis scored nine two-out runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Junior Jami Miller and sophomore Libby Goranson both had pinch hit home runs. Miller hit a three-run homer and scored two runs in the fourth inning after entering the game as a pinch runner. Goranson hit a two-run homer in game two for her first collegiate long ball.
Memphis will next host Louisiana Monroe at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Tiger Softball Complex. The Tigers will then host a three-game conference series on Saturday and Sunday against UTEP.
Memphis scored nine two-out runs in the bottom of the fourth to win game one 10-0 in five innings. The Tigers pounded out 11 hits by nine different players to reach the double-digit scoring mark for just the third time this season. The win marked the first run-rule victory for the U of M this year.
Ellen Roberts went 2-for-3 in the game with two RBI and a run scored. Amber Lindahl also had a pair of hits in a 2-for-2 performance. Jami Miller scored two runs and drove in three on her first Memphis home run.
Roberts (7-14) earned the victory in the circle, throwing her third shutout of the season in a three-hitter. The sophomore struck out five and did not walk a batter.
Memphis took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Morgan Mosby led off the game with a single up the middle. After a sac bunt moved her to second, Mosby scored on a single by Roberts after the right fielder bobbled the ball.
The Tigers then took a 10-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning with nine runs. Following a leadoff single by Lindahl and two outs, the Tigers put together a string of seven hits, a walk and an error to score the nine runs. Ijiah Hargrove drove in the first run with an RBI single. Laura Curtis and Roberts both knocked in a pair of runs with singles. Miller followed with a three-run homer to right center. Ashleigh King and Sara Pearson ended the scoring with back-to-back doubles down the left line to score the 10th run of the game.
Freshman Jordan Richwood just missed throwing a no-hitter in game two, allowing a fifth inning bloop bunt single and a walk for the only base runners in the game as the Tigers won 8-0 in five innings. Richwood (5-8) struck out 10 for her third game of the season with 10 or more K's and second time against Alcorn State.
Memphis jumped again to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Mosby led off the game with a double to right center. After reaching third on a bunt single by Laura Curtis, Mosby scored the first run of the game on a double steal.
Goranson gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning with a two-out home run to center that also scored Kamri Chester.
The U of M scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning for the walk-off run-rule victory. Curtis began the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a single by Ellen Roberts. Jessica Phillips drove in the first run of the frame with a single to center. She was followed by RBI singles from Amber Lindahl and Sara Pearson. With two outs and the bases loaded, Mosby hit a ground ball to second that was booted and allowed two runs to score and end the game.