@MemphisSoftball Drops Extra Inning Battle to Central Arkansas
April 16, 2013
MEMPHIS - For the second-straight week the University of Memphis softball team found itself on the wrong end of a 1-0 midweek extra-inning game. The Tigers (20-29) fell 1-0 in 10 innings to Central Arkansas (28-15) on Tuesday evening at the Tigers Softball Complex.
The game marked the fifth extra-inning affair for the Tigers this season with the U of M 0-5 in those games.
Memphis put together seven hits in the game, but left nine runners on. Junior outfielder Ijiah Hargrove led the team, batting 2-for-4 with a couple of singles. Senior outfielder Lelani Bernardino extended her hitting streak to a career best 11 games, which ties for third in school history.
Junior RHP Ellen Roberts (11-19) suffered the loss, allowing one run on nine hits in 10 innings. She struck out four and did not walk a batter. Kelsie Armstrong (21-9) earned the shutout victory, holding the Tigers scoreless on seven hits with a walk and nine strikeouts.
UCA broke the scoreless game in the top of the 10th. Ashley Boswell led off with her second hit of the game, a single to left. After advancing to third on a sac bunt and a ground out, Sam Forrest delivered a two-out single through the left side to drive in the run.
Memphis had opportunities to score in every inning but the third. The Tigers had six hits in the first seven innings, but failed to collect multiple hits in an inning. Bernardino singled and stole second to begin the game and was stranded, while Roberts doubled with one out in the third but with left on base.
After Roberts had retired the first six UCA batters in order, Boswell led off the third with a double to left center. Taylor Dear followed with a single through the left side to put runners at the corners with no outs. But Amy Gunnells fouled out to third and Forrest grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh, the Bears once again threatened with runners on second and third with one out. And once again, Roberts and the defense behind her escaped out of the jam with a scoreless game.
Memphis travels to Mississippi Valley State for a single midweek game on Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Tigers then travel to Greenville, N.C., for a three-game series at East Carolina on Saturday and Sunday.