@MemphisSoftball Takes Series with 1-0 Shutout over UCF
April 14, 2013
MEMPHIS - Behind strong defense and the pitching of Ellen Roberts, the University of Memphis softball team shut out UCF 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Tigers Softball Complex.
The Tigers won the three-game series with UCF, 2-1, to improve to 8-10 in Conference USA and 20-28 overall.
Roberts (11-18) threw a four-hit shutout for her 11th victory of the season and second of the week against reigning C-USA Pitcher of the Week Mackenzie Audas (11-15). The junior RHP struck out five and walked one for her first complete-game shutout of the year and sixth of her career.
Memphis took the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. After Audas had retired the first nine-straight batters, senior outfielder Lelani Bernardino led off with a single through the right side. Following a sac bunt by senior shortstop Laura Curtis to move Bernardino to second, senior second baseman Morgan Mosby singled to center to drive in the only run of the game.
The Tigers held off a couple early scoring threats by UCF and then held on for the one-run win late. The Knights put their first base runner on with a single to lead off the third by Lauren Aldridge. But junior catcher Amber Lindahl threw her out stealing to set a new school season record with 22 runners thrown out. The mark leads the conference and surpasses her school record of 21 set last year.
UCF again threatened in the fourth inning after Taylor Wagner led off the frame with a double to left center. Roberts retired the next three batters in order to strand the runner at third and preserve a scoreless game.
Holding onto the one-run lead in the seventh, Mosby made a diving catch on a bloop pop up over the pitcher to retire the leadoff batter. Roberts walked the next batter to put the tying run at first, but then struck out Samantha McCluskey looking and Aldridge swinging to end the game.
Memphis had three hits in the game by Audus, who struck out five and walked none in six innings. The Tigers left runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Tigers will host Central Arkansas on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in their final home midweek game of the season. Memphis then travels for a three-game series at East Carolina on Saturday and Sunday.