Memphis Wins in a Walk- Off, 6-5 Against Houston
April 13, 2014
Memphis, Tenn. - The University of Memphis softball team earned a 6-5 win Sunday afternoon against the University of Houston Cougars in game three of the American Athletic Conference series.
Houston suffers its first conference loss of the season. The win snaps a nine-game losing streak by the Tigers over the Cougars with the last victory in 2011.
With the win Memphis improves 18-24 overall, 3-8 in conference play and Houston falls 26-12 and 11-1.
The Tigers took a lead into the top of the seventh inning but Houston would load the bases and push the tying run across the plate. Tiffani McKnight hit a single that sent Katie St. Pierre home to knot the game at 5-5. With two outs, Wheeler Hill caught a line drive by Haley Outon in left field to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.
Memphis started the bottom of the seventh with three base runners reaching to load the bases and no outs. Ellen Roberts hit a hard grounder to first that Houston's Jaime Edwards would throw home to get the first out of the inning. Haley Outon then tried to get Roberts out at first with a double play but the throw sailed into the outfield, allowing Brittany Vaughn to slide in safely and secure the Tiger 6-5 victory.
Houston scored in the top of the first to take an early 1-0 lead on a bases loaded passed ball.
The Tigers would answer when Georganna Goodwin hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the second to give Memphis a 3-1 lead. Roberts hit a single through the left side and Ijiah Hargrove pinch ran for Roberts. Jaye Smith followed with a hit that sent Hargrove to second followed by the Goodwin home run.
Houston tied the contest when McKnight hit a two-run homer over the left field wall in the top of the third making it 3-3.
The Cougars took the lead 4-3 when Jordan Rains scored on a bases loaded fielder's choice in the fourth.
Christian Novak improved to 8-7 on the season, earning the win with three strong innings of relief. Mangum was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate in addition to a walk. With the home run, Goodwin now has 14 runs batted in the year, good for third on the team. She has homered in each of the last three conference series.
Roberts started the game and allowed four runs on six hits and four walks in four innings of work. Summer Groholski (5-3) suffered the loss in the circle after allowing a run on three hits in two and two-third innings.
Memphis finishes its home-stand against Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday, April 15, at 5:00 p.m. (CT) at the Tigers Softball Complex
Goodwin has hit a homerun in the last three conference series.
Memphis snaps nine game losing streak against Houston.