Pirates Shut Out Lady Tigers in Game Two
April 14, 2007
For Immediate Release
Memphis (26-17, 4-9) 000 000 0 - 0 4 1 ECU (30-15, 8-6) 200 201 x - 5 7 0 Win - Paisley (13-4) Loss - Johnson (10-10) Save - None. 2B - (ECU) Johnson (11), Baggett (8)
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina freshman Toni Paisley matched a career high with 11 strikeouts in a 5-0 shutout over the University of Memphis in game two of a doubleheader on Saturday at the ECU Softball Field.
The Lady Tigers split the doubleheader with the Pirates after taking game one, 8-3. Memphis is now 26-17 overall and 4-9 in conference play, while East Carolina improves to 30-15 and 8-6.
Sophomore catcher Kimmi Hayden led the U of M with a 3-for-3 performance and five hits in the two games. Hayden, who had all but one of the Lady Tigers' four hits in the game, has put together three-straight multi-hit games.
Memphis stranded six runners on base and had runners in scoring position twice. The shutout is only the second of the season thrown against the Lady Tigers with the other being a no-hitter by then No. 22 Florida State on Feb. 17.
Senior Nicki Johnson (10-10) started the game for Memphis and allowed three earned runs on five hits. Johnson suffered the loss, finishing with three and a third innings of work. Senior Jenna Kubesch pitched the remaining two and two-thirds innings in relief and allowed one run on two hits, striking out three.
East Carolina scored two runs on one hit in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. A double sandwiched between two walks loaded the bases for the Pirates with one out. Third baseman Joyce Roodenburg then hit a fielder's choice blooper into shallow left field to knock in the first run but record the second out on a force at third. Memphis caught left fielder Charina Sumner in a rundown on a steal attempt between second and third, but a dropped throw at third that went into the Memphis dugout allowed Sumner to score the second run.
The Pirates tacked two more runs on the board in the fourth inning on two hits. After Roodenburg led off the inning with a walk, designated player Paige Baggett hit an RBI double down the left field line. A wild pitch allowed Baggett to score the second run of the inning. A single run in the sixth inning capped the scoring for East Carolina as the Pirates scored their fifth run on two hits.
Memphis will play the rubber match of the three-game series with East Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m. (EST). There will be no live content for the game.