Memphis Cruises Past UTEP in Doubleheader to Claim Series Victory
April 14, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis softball team swept a doubleheader with UTEP on Saturday afternoon winning 5-1 and 4-0 at the Tiger Softball Complex.
The Tigers (17-29, 5-12 C-USA) have now won a season-best six-straight games and 10 of their last 13 contests after starting the year 7-26. Memphis has not allowed an earned run in the last five games and has outscored its opponents 33-2.
Sophomore Ellen Roberts (9-14) earned the victory in game one and then picked up the save in game two. She also drove in an RBI in game one. Freshman Jordan Richwood(6-8) earned the victory in game two in a combined shutout.
Junior Laura Curtis led the Tigers with four RBI in the two games and drove in three of the four runs in game two. Junior Morgan Mosby had a two-run single in game one and Jessica Phillipshad a multi-hit game in game two and a sacrifice fly in the first contest.
Memphis will look for its first conference series sweep of the year on Sunday against UTEP (13-30, 2-15 C-USA) with first pitch scheduled at noon.
Memphis took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning of game one and never looked back, finishing with a 5-1 victory over UTEP in game one.
Morgan Mosby led off the game with a single up the middle and advanced to third after an errant throw to first on a sac bunt by Laura Curtis. Ellen Roberts followed with a groundout RBI to second and Jessica Phillipsdrove in the second run with a sacrifice fly to left.
The Miners came within one of the Tigers with an unearned run in the top of the second. Kayla Black led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sac bunt from Kayleigh Watts. A sacrifice bunt by Samantha Alvillar resulted in a throwing error, scoring Black from second. Alvillar moved to second on a sac hit from Kayla Oranger and then attempted to score on a two-out single by Courtney Ware to short, but was thrown out at home to end the inning.
UTEP loaded the bases in the top of the fifth, but never scored more than the one unearned run for the day.
Memphis scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to finish with the 5-1 advantage. Kassy Dunn led off with a pinch hit single up the middle. After a one-out walk to Jami Miller, pinch hitter Libby Goransonwalked to load the bases. Mosby followed with a two-run single up the middle and Curtis drove in the third run of the inning with a squeeze bunt.
Mosby led the U of M with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate with two RBI and a run scored. Ellen Robertsallowed one unearned run on four hits with four walks and two strikeouts for the victory.
Memphis set a new school record for sacrifice hits with five in the game.
Colleen Hohman (5-14) suffered the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
The outcome for the second game of the doubleheader was largely decided in the top of the fifth inning as Memphis went on to earn a 4-0 shutout over UTEP.
The Miners loaded the bases in the top of the fifth on a pair of walks and a single and Kayla Black had a 3-0 count with no outs. Ellen Roberts entered the game in relief of Jordan Richwoodin the circle for Memphis with the Tigers up 1-0. Roberts got Black to pop into a double play and Kayla Oranger to strike out swinging to end the inning and preserve the one-run lead.
Memphis scored an unearned run in the bottom of the third for the first score in the game. Alyssa Palmieri reached second to lead off the inning on a throwing error. Kamri Chester followed with a sac bunt to advancer her to third. Laura Curtisthen singled through the left side to drive in the run.
After getting out of the big jam in the top of the fifth, Memphis scored two more runs in the bottom of the frame to go up 3-0. Sara Pearsonled off the inning with a single. After a walk to Chester, Curtis hit a two-out triple to right to drive in her second and third runs of the game. It was the first triple of her career.
Pinch runner Ijiah Hargrove scored the fourth Memphis run in the bottom of the sixth after entering the game following a single by Jessica Phillips. Hargrove stole second and then scored on a throwing error by the pitcher following a sac bunt by Ashleigh King.
Phillips and Curtis both went 2-for-3 for Memphis with Curtis finishing with three RBI. Richwood (6-8) picked up the combined shutout victory after allowing no runs in four innings pitched with four hits, four walks and six strikeouts. Roberts earned her third save of the season with three perfect innings, retiring nine-straight to end the game.
Cynthia Villastrigo (5-12) suffered the loss for UTEP, allowing four runs on five hits with a walk.