ULM Scores Unearned Run in 11th to Defeat Memphis, 1-0
April 10, 2013
MONROE, La. - The University of Louisiana-Monroe scored an unearned run in the bottom of the 11th to break a scoreless game and defeat the University of Memphis 1-0 on Wednesday.
The Tigers (18-27) left nine runners on, but struggled to get a clutch hit off ULM pitcher Stephanie Routzon (10-8).
Junior RHP Ellen Roberts(9-18) cruised through the Warhawks' lineup to start the game, retiring the first seven batters in order. She struck out seven of her nine batters in the first four innings.
ULM never put a runner past second base until the 11th inning. Kayla Prater led off the frame with a single to short and advanced to second on a sac bunt. Haley McCall followed with a single up the middle with the Warhawks holding Prater at third on the play. But an errant throw home from center sent the walk-off run across the plate to give ULM the extra-inning victory.
Memphis had one of its best scoring opportunities in the game in the top of the seventh. Freshman third baseman Cierra Mangum led off the inning with a single. Following a sac bunt, freshman pinch runner Lindsie Knowles advanced to third on a single by Kelly Braman down the left line. Braman advanced to second on the throw home giving the Tigers runners at second and third with one out. But Routzon got Roberts to strike out and freshman outfielder Hannah Harrellto pop out to short to end the threat.
Mangum led Memphis offensively, batting 2-for-3 with a pair of walks. The Tigers outhit the Wareagles 5-4, but Memphis grounded into two double plays in the game.
Roberts suffered the loss after giving up one unearned run on four hits with nine strikeouts and just one walk. Routzon completed the shutout for ULM, allowing no runs on five hits with two strikeouts and five walks.
Memphis returns home after finishing an 11-game road swing. The Tigers will host a three-game series with UCF on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. at the Tigers Softball Complex.