Five-Run Fifth Helps Memphis Defeat ULM 6-1
April 12, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis scored five runs on five hits in the bottom of the fifth to capture its fourth-straight victory with a 6-1 win over ULM on Thursday night.
The Tigers (15-29) have won eight of their last 11 games after starting the season 7-26.
Sophomore Ellen Roberts earned the victory and went 2-for-3 in the game with a RBI. Senior Jessica Phillips finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and senior Alyssa Palmieri went 1-for-2 with a two-run double. The Tigers finished with eight hits in the game.
Roberts improved to 8-14 on the season, allowing an unearned run on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Samantha Hamby (4-4) suffered the loss, allowing six runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
ULM took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Miyuki Navarrete led off the game with the first of her three hits. The next batter, Haley McCall, laid down a sacrifice bunt and the throw by the first baseman went into the right field corner allowing Navarrete to score and McCall to reach third. However, Roberts pitched out of the jam, stranding McCall at third with no outs.
Memphis tied the game with an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth. Phillips led off the inning with the first U of M hit in the game. She was replaced by sophomore Ijiah Hargrove who stole her ninth base of the season to land at second. With one out, a ground ball hit to third by freshman Sara Pearson was thrown into the first base dugout allowing Hargrove to score the tying run.
The Tigers then scored five runs on five hits and an error in the bottom of the fifth to take the 6-1 lead. Junior Morgan Mosby led off the inning with her second triple of the season, a line drive to right field. With one out, Roberts singled down the left line to drive in the go-ahead run. Pinch runner Breslin Perry scored the third run on a throwing error at short on a run down between third and home. Pearson then followed with a RBI single and Palmieri ended the scoring with her first double of the season to score two runs.
ULM left seven runners on base in the game and had runners left on second or third in the first through fifth innings.
Memphis will next host a three-game conference series with UTEP on Saturday and Sunday. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and close with a noon game on Sunday.