Memphis Sweeps Series with 7-2 Victory over UTEP
April 15, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis softball team won its seventh-straight game and swept a three-game series against UTEP with a 7-2 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Tiger Softball Complex.
The Tigers (18-29, 6-12 C-USA) came back from a 2-0 deficit and scored seven unanswered runs to improve to 11-3 in the last 14 games.
Sophomore Ellen Roberts improved to 10-14 on the year and 4-0 this week. The Australian native allowed two runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
Ashley Collazo led the Miners with a 2-for-3 game and had a RBI and a run scored. Colleen Hohman (5-15) suffered the loss after giving up seven runs on eight hits with five walks and two strikeouts.
UTEP took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Kayla Black led off the inning with a walk and scored the first run of the game on a double to left center by Collazo. A wild pitch advanced Collazo to third allowing her to score on a sacrifice fly by Courtney Ware.
Memphis gained one run back in the bottom of the third inning. Palmieri hit a one-out single to center for the first hit in the game for the U of M. After stealing second and a walk to Chester, Mosby singled to right field to drive in Palmieri from second. The Tigers then hit into a double play to end the inning.
After having a run taken away due to a substitution infraction in the bottom of the fourth, Memphis scored two runs in the bottom fifth to take a 3-2 lead. Sara Pearson led off the inning with a single through the left side and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Chester then recorded her first hit of the season with a single to right to score Pearson and tie the game. After advancing to second on the throw, Chester scored the go-ahead run on a single up the middle by Mosby.
The Tigers scored four runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-2 lead. Jessica Phillips led off with a walk and was followed by a bunt single from Ashleigh King and a fielder's choice no throw on a hit to the pitcher from Sara Pearson to load the bases. Palmieri then delivered a two-run double to right center. Following two-straight walks to Chester and Mosby, Laura Curtis singled up the middle to score two more U of M runs.
Memphis will next travel to Knoxville, Tenn., for a midweek doubleheader at No. 10 Tennessee on Tuesday at 4 and 6 p.m. (ET). The Tigers will then travel for its final conference road series with a three-game set at UCF in Orlando, Fla., on April 21-22.