@MemphisSoftball Comeback falls short in 7-6 loss to UCF

April 13, 2013

1 R H E
UCF (23-22, 5-12) 1 1 1 4 0 0 0 7 8 2
Memphis (19-28, 7-10) 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 6 7 2
Hitting Leaders
Hits Runs RBI
Kelly Braman 2 2 0
Lelani Bernardino 1 1 2
Hannah Harrell 1 1 2
Laura Curtis 1 1 2
Morgan Mosby 1 0 0
Ellen Roberts 0 1 0
Pitching Leaders
Jordan Richwood 5.1 4 3 3 2 6 19 23 89
Sara Pearson 1.2 4 4 3 2 1 7 11 35

MEMPHIS - Trailing 7-0 with no hits heading into the fifth inning, the University of Memphis softball team rallied back but fell just short in a 7-6 loss to UCF in game two of a doubleheader.

The Tigers (19-28, 7-10) split the doubleheader at the Tigers Softball Complex after winning the first game 3-2.

Shelby Turnier (11-7) had a no-hitter going through four innings with a 7-0 lead entering the bottom of the fifth for UCF (23-22, 5-12 C-USA). But junior first baseman Kelly Bramansingled through the left side to break up the no-hitter and began a five-run inning for Memphis.

The Tigers loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth inning and scored one run, but Memphis left the tying run at third with a pair of strikeouts. Senior second baseman Morgan Mosbysingled to lead off the seventh inning and put the tying run again on base for Memphis, but Mackenzie Audas retired the next three batters to pick up her fourth save of the season.

Braman led Memphis at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Lelani Bernardino, Laura Curtis and Hannah Harrellall drive in a pair of runs.

Turnier earned the victory in the circle for UCF after allowing five runs on four hits in four and a third innings. She struck out five and walked two. Sophomore RHP Jordan Richwood(8-9) suffered the loss, giving up three runs on four hits with six strikeouts in five and a third.

UCF scored single runs in the first, second and third innings to take a 3-0 lead. The Knights scored four runs in the fourth inning to take a 7-0 lead. Farrah Sullivan hit a two-run shot to right field to cap the scoring.

In the bottom of the fifth, Harrell doubled in two runs to put Memphis on the board. Bernardino also doubled in a run in the inning and Curtis hit a two-run shot to left for her first home run of the year.

Bernardino drove in her second run of the game in the sixth inning with a one-out bases loaded groundout to second.

Sullivan drove in two runs for UCF and finished 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. Jasmine Acevedo also had two RBI for the Knights.

Memphis and UCF will play the rubber match of the three-game series on Sunday at noon at the Tigers Softball Complex. Admission is free for all home games.



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