Memphis Drop Two Games to In-State Foe No. 8 Tennessee
April 17, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Memphis (18-31) lost both games of a double-header at No. 8/8 Tennessee (37-9) on Tuesday, falling, 5-0, in the first and, 3-2, in the second.
Third-baseman Laura Curtis went a combined 3-for-6 on the day with a run scored and a walk to lead the Tigers. Designated player Libby Goranson knocked in both Tiger runs on the day with a double and shortstop Morgan Mosby posted a 2-for-6 performance.
Memphis will travel to Orlando, Fla., to play a three-game series over the weekend with the UCF Knights. The two conference foes will square-off in a double-header on Saturday, with the first game slated to start at 1 p.m. (CT). The series will conclude with a noon (CT) game on Sunday.
Tennessee loaded the bases in the bottom of the second inning on a hit-by-pitch, infield single and another hit-by-pitch. Rightfielder Sara Pearson dropped a shallow fly ball, allowing one run to score for UT. Ellen Roberts buckled down in the circle to sit down the next three batters and end the Volunteer's threat.
Memphis had a great scoring opportunity in the top of the third when Jami Miller led off the inning with a double to right-center. Alyssa Palmieri moved Miller to third on an infield groundout. Mosby hit an infield single, but was unable to score Miller on the play. Then, Curtis hit a grounder that bounced off UT-second-baseman Lauren Gibson's chest. Gibson recovered to throw out Miller at the plate. Roberts grounded out to end the Tigers' scoring threat.
The Volunteers scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Madison Shipman singled through the left side and then stole second base. With Curtis pulled in at third base guarding the bunt, Shipman broke for third. Lindahl and Mosby, who was attempting to cover third base, were unable to connect on the throw. Lindahl was credited with a throwing error on the play and Shipman scored. Shelby Burchell walked on a full-count and was doubled home by Melissa Brown for the second run.
UT plated two more runs in the bottom of the sixth after loading the bases with a lead-off double, a walk and hit-by-pitch. Shipman hit a long single off the right-field wall to score the two runners.
Curtis led the Tigers at the plate, reaching base twice with a hit and a walk. Mosby, King and Miller had the Tigers' other hits.
Roberts gave up five runs, four of them earned, on seven hits, with three strikeouts and three walks. Roberts also hit a season-high three batters.
Tennessee struck back for two runs of its own in the bottom of the third. Back-to-back hits by Chavanne and Dotson started the inning. Richwood got Shipman and Gibson out, but hit Burchell with a pitch. Brown delivered for the second time for the Vols with a two-run bloop-single that dropped just inches in front of the diving Chester. Richwood got Tarango to fly out to centerfield to end the inning.
After Chester was called out on a close play at first to start the fifth inning, Mosby legged out an infield hit. Curtis followed with a line-drive single that ricocheted off the pitcher's glove to put runners at first and second. Goranson battled through a seven-pitch at bat before striking out. A wild pitch by UT-pitcher Ellen Renfroe moved the runners to second and third, but Phillips struck out swinging to end the threat.
A homerun to leftfield by Shelby Burchell in the bottom of the fifth put Tennessee up a run, 3-2. It was the last run needed by the Vols, as the Tigers were unable to threaten in their final six outs.
Freshman pitcher Jordan Richwood threw six innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. Richwood fanned two batters and issued only one walk.