Houston Comes Back to Take Game Three from Memphis in 7-4 Loss
April 11, 2010
HOUSTON, Texas - The University of Memphis softball team jumped to an early 4-0 lead on the University of Houston in game three of a three-game series, but the Cougars came back to score six unearned runs to win 7-4 on Sunday.
The comeback gave Houston the series sweep as Memphis falls to 19-16 overall and 6-8 in Conference USA. The Cougars improve to 23-19 and 8-7.
The lead held up to the fourth inning when an error and a controversial ruling led to five unearned runs for the Cougars, giving them a lead they would never relinquish.
With two outs, Mary Tyler Dobson hit a ground ball on the left side of second base. Memphis shortstop Heather Mott looked to have a possible play, but Holly Anderson ran into her on her way to third base. The umpires ruled there was no interference on the play, in what would have been the third out.
Instead it went as an RBI single for Dobson and prolonged the inning. Melissa Gregson then followed with an RBI single and Reina Gaber belted a three-run homer to center, the first of her career.
Houston added two more runs in the fifth inning on a double by Katy Beth Sherman.
Senior Vanessa Walle (7-7) took the loss after giving up five unearned runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings. Junior Janelle Valle pitched the final 2 1/3 innings in relief and gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Brentwood, Tenn., native Baillie Lott earned the start for Houston and was responsible for three runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings. The Tigers had beaten Lott twice in a 2009 series sweep in Memphis.
Amanda Cabtree (9-9) replaced Lott in the second inning and gave up the three-run homer to McKinley, the first batter she saw. Crabtree then held Memphis to just one hit the remaining five innings to pick up her ninth victory of the season and second in the series. She allowed one run on two hits with nine strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings of work.
McKinley led the Tigers with a 2-for-4 performance and three RBI. Bernardino went 1-for-1 in the game with three walks, a RBI and a run scored.
Memphis returns home to host the next seven games. The Tigers will play a doubleheader with Alabama State on Wednesday and one with Middle Tennessee on Thursday.