Memphis falls in game one despite Hummel's two-hitter
April 17, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis Softball team entered the first game of Saturday's doubleheader hoping to even up the two schools' all-time series at 6-6. Instead they'll be trying just to even up the doubleheader after falling in game one 2-0.
Memphis freshman Carly Hummel allowed just two hits on the mound, but fell to 13-8 on the season. Both Southern Miss hits came in the fifth inning. Alexis Hurley singled over Heather Mott's head at short and Chanell Thurman followed that up with a two-run homer to left center. Hummel had retired 14-straight to begin the game before Hurley's bloop hit.
Hummel's two-hitter was the eighth time in 2010 she has allowed two or less hits in a start. She struck out nine batters to move her season total to 179, the second-highest season total for a Memphis pitcher in one season (Jenna Kubesch, 243). The 179 strikouts also leave Hummel third on the Memphis career list behind Kubesch (401) and Nicki Johnson (234).
Memphis' best scoring chance came in the fourth when they had runners on second and third before Jessica Phillips liner down the right field line was caught by USM's Megan Hill. USM pitcher Gabby Luciani hit Maddie McKinley with a pitch to lead off the inning. McKinley, who also had one of Memphis' two hits in the game, would steal second and third base. Then Heather Mott drew a walk and stole second, but neither would make it home.
McKinley's two stolen bases in fourth gives her 18 for the season, second on the Tigers' all-time list for stolen bases in a season.
Alex Marshall led off the fifth for Memphis reaching on an error before Keenah Prestridge moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt, but Memphis' only base runner the rest of the way came when Heather Mott singled in the seventh.
The loss drops Memphis to 22-18 on the season (6-9 in C-USA). The win improves Southern Miss to 17-20 (2-11).
The two teams will begin game two at 3 p.m.