@MemphisSoftball Falls in 11 Innings to the Houston Cougars, 12-5
April 12, 2014
Memphis, Tenn. - University of Memphis freshman Lindsay Crowdus hit a season high with four hits but the Tigers were unable to overcome the Cougars and fell 12-5 in 11 innings to Houston in game one of the American Athletic Conference doubleheader Saturday at Tigers Softball Complex.
Seniors Ellen Roberts (9-14) took the loss for the Tigers striking out three and allowing 14 hits in 10 innings of work.
With the loss, Memphis fell to 17-23 overall and 2-7 in conference play. Houston improves to 25-11 and 10-0.
With one out, Kelly Braman hit a single to the left side, advancing Vaughn to second and Hill to third. Hill reached home when Georganna Goodwin flied out to center field, putting the Tigers in the lead 1-0.
In the Memphis half of the second inning, Calli Irvin was walked but was forced out when Cierra Mangum reached first on a fielder's choice. Mangum advanced to second on Jaye Smith's sacrifice bunt. Lindsey Crowdus followed with a single, pushing Mangum home on a throwing error, and giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Houston tied the game in the top of the third. Katie St. Pierre got the first hit of the inning but was called out trying to steal second. Selena Hernandez followed that with a single up the middle. Hernandez then reached second off Kendra Cullum's ground out to third base. McKnight followed reaching first on a fielder's choice, pushing Hernandez to third. Hernandez scored the first run for the Cougars stealing home, McKnight followed to home after Outon reached base. Roberts retired the final two batters for the Cougars.
Houston took a short lead in the top of the fourth before the Tigers' bats came alive in the bottom of inning scoring three runs, taking the lead 5-3. Roberts took the first hit with a single to left field, Ijiah Hargrove came in to pinch run for Roberts. Irvin took the first out on a sacrifice bunt pushing Hargrove to second. Mangum singled down the left field line pushing Hargrove into home. Smith followed with a single advancing Mangum to second. With two runners on base, Crowdus singled loading the bases. Hill reached base on a fielder's choice but Mangum was caught out at home, unable to score. Vaughn pushed the Tigers through hitting a single through the right side, pushing Crowdus and Smith home.
Houston countered when Outon hit a home run over the left field wall. Roberts retired the next three batters for the Cougars, ending the inning with the game tied 5-5.
The tie remained through three extra innings. In the top of the 11th inning, the Cougars broke the tie with seven runs. The Tigers were unable to come back from the seven run difference and ended the game when Braman fouled out to right field.
Lindsay Crowdus has 4-hit game, season high.
Houston's 18 hits are the most hits against the Tigers.
This game is tied for the second longest game in school history.