Novak and Irvin Combine for 4-0 Shutout
April 15, 2014
MEMPHIS - Freshmen Christian Novak and Calli Irvin combined for a two-hit shutout as the University of Memphis softball team blanked Mississippi Valley State 4-0 on Tuesday night at the Tigers Softball Complex.
Novak (9-7) pitched six scoreless innings and struck out five in the first three innings. She has now earned wins in her last three starts. Irvin saw her first time in the circle since February 15 and pitched a perfect ninth to preserve the shutout.
Memphis improves to 19-24 on the season after its fourth shutout of the year while Mississippi Valley State falls to 7-32.
Memphis scored three runs in the fifth inning to take the 4-0 lead. The Tigers loaded the bases with no outs after a bunt single by freshman Lindsay Crowdus, a fielder's choice by Hill and a hit by pitch to Vaughn. Sophomore Georganna Goodwin then delivered a single through the left side to score Crowdus and Hill. Vaughn later came around to score on a double steal attempt that had Lindsay Knowles thrown out at second on the play.
Sophomore Cierra Mangum led Memphis with a 2-for-3 game, including a double in the fourth inning. Hill scored two of the four runs for the Tigers who finished with six hits in the game.
Cassandra Rivera suffered the loss for the Devilettes after allowing a run in four innings off four hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Tenna Patterson pitched the final two innings for MVSU and allowed three runs on two hits.
Natalia Covarrubias doubled for Mississippi Valley State in the first inning and finished 1-for-2 with a walk. Brandi Williams collected the only other hit in the game by the Devilettes.
The contest ends a 10-game home stand for Memphis, finishing 6-4 during the stretch. The Tigers now hit the road for a three-game series at Rutgers on Friday and Saturday. The two teams play a doubleheader in Piscataway, N.J. on Friday at 11 a.m. CT/12 p.m. ET and close with a single game on Saturday at 10 a.m CT/11 ET.