Softball Splits Double-Header With MTSU
April 12, 2006
MTSU 000 000 0 - 0 1 1 Memphis 001 001 x - 2 3 1SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - Jenna Kubesch tossed a one-hit shut-out and Bridgette McNulty and Lindsey Pridgen picked up key RBI singles to lead Memphis to a 2-0 win in game one of a double-header with MTSU Wednesday at Greenbrook Park. Missed opportunities, however, haunted the Lady Tigers in the second half of the twinbill, as the Blue Raiders earned a split with a 3-2 win in game two.
Kubesch recorded her fourth-consecutive solid outing in game one, allowing just one hit and no runs in a complete-game victory. The junior retired 18 of the last 19 batters she faced, while fanning four and walking only one.
Memphis took the lead in the bottom of the third, with McNulty picking up her 35th RBI of the season on a single to leftfield. The base-knock scored Leila Dolfo, who reached on a one-out walk.
Kubesch then did the rest, shutting the Blue Raiders down the rest of the way to push her record to 9-6 on the spring.
Pridgen, McNulty and Hayden each registered a single for the U of M in game one, while Pridgen and McNulty picked up a RBI apiece.
In game two, missed opportunities were the key for the U of M, as it left 10 runners on base before MTSU scored two late runs to take the 3-2 victory.
The Blue Raiders took an early lead in the top of the first, using a Lady Tiger error and a double to take a 1-0 advantage.
Memphis evened the score in the bottom of the second when Tori Gross hammered a double to leftfield and scored on an RBI single by Pridgen.
The Lady Tigers then took a 2-1 lead in the third, plating a run on three hits, but missing a chance to increase that advantage. Cara Stiles, Dolfo and Kara Ross picked up back-to-back-to-back singles to begin the inning. McNulty hit a sharp ground ball to second base to score Stiles, but MTSU turned a double-play to put Dolfo on third with two outs. Then, following two walks, MTSU pitcher Trish White got Gross to flyout and the U of M came out of the inning with just one run despite putting five runners on base.
Memphis had another great opportunity to take control of the game in the fourth, again loading the bases with no outs. But this time, Ashley Katinas, who relieved White in the circle, induced pop-ups on three-consecutive pitches to work out of the jam.
MTSU took full advantage of the Lady Tiger misfortunes, coming back to tie the game in the top of the sixth, before plating the game-winner in the seventh.
Kubesch took the loss in game two, working just one inning, but allowing an unearned run on two hits after relieving starter Nicki Johnson in the seventh. Johnson tossed the first six innings, giving up five hits and two runs - one earned - while striking out four and walking four.
The Lady Tigers out-hit MTSU 10 to seven in the second game of the day behind a 3-for-4 effort from Stiles and 2-for-3 showings by Pridgen and Gross
With the split, Memphis moves to 21-19 on the season, while Middle Tennessee improves to 11-30-1.
The U of M will be back in action on Friday and Saturday, April 14-15, when it travels to Orlando, Fla., to face UCF in a three-game C-USA series. Game times are set for 4:30 and 6:30 (CST) on Friday and 12 p.m. (CST) on Saturday