@MemphisSoftball is Victorious in Extra Innings
April 17, 2013
ITTA BENA, Miss. - University of Memphis softball pitching combined for 17 strikeouts in a 2-1, 10-inning victory at Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday evening.
For the third-straight midweek game and sixth time this season, Memphis (21-29) took a game into extra innings. But for the first time this year, the Tigers came out victorious in extra innings. The game marked the seventh straight decided by a run for the U of M with Memphis going 4-3 during the stretch with three extra inning games.
Sophomore RHP Jordan Richwood and junior RHP Ellen Roberts combined for 17 strikeouts in 10 innings with four hits. The total ties for second in school history and is the most since Memphis had 17 strikeouts against Alabama State on April 6, 2011.
Richwood (8-9) finished with 15 strikeouts in eight innings. The game marked her second time this season she has struck out 15 or more batters and fifth time in her career with 10 or more. The total ties for third in school history. She allowed one run on three hits with two walks in a no-decision.
Roberts (12-19) picked up the victory in relief, allowing no runs on one hit with two strikeouts in two innings.
Senior outfielder Lelani Bernardino led the Tigers, finishing 3-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Her 10th inning triple drove in the go-ahead run to break the 1-1 tie.
After going scoreless in 10 innings the day before, the Tigers scored an early run to lead off the first inning. Bernardino led off with a single to increase her hitting streak to 12 games. After a passed ball and sac bunt moved Bernardino to third, senior second baseman Morgan Mosby delivered a one-out double down the left line to drive in the run and give Memphis the 1-0 lead.
Richwood cruised through the first six and a third innings, allowing just two hits. But with one out in the bottom of the seventh, Nicole Burr hit a 2-0 pitch over the left-center fence to tie the game. The home run was her eighth of the season.
The Tigers put runners in scoring position with less than two outs in both the seventh and eighth innings but left them stranded. Junior first baseman Kelly Braman led off the seventh with a double and Bernardino reached third with one out in the eighth.
The international tiebreaker rule went into effect in the 10th inning. With freshman outfielder Hannah Harrell starting the frame off at second, junior outfielder Ijiah Hargrove advanced her to third on a sac and Bernardino drove her in with a triple to right center to put Memphis up 2-1. The triple was the fourth of the season for Bernardino, setting a new school season record.
The Delta Devils were thrown out at the plate with the potential tying run in the bottom of the 10th. With one out and Brittany Lilly at second, Natalia Covarrubias singled up the middle. Mosby was able to prevent the ball from going into the outfield and threw from her knees back to the pitcher who fired home to get Lilly out at the plate.
Alicia Lorenz (7-14) suffered the loss for MVSU (16-25), allowing two runs on eight hits in 10 innings. She struck out five and walked one.
Memphis next travels to Greenville, N.C., for its final road Conference USA series of the season with a three-game set at East Carolina on Saturday and Sunday.
Game Notes: Lelani Bernardino's 12-game hitting streak ranks third in school history and is two games behind the school record ... Bernardino set a new school season record with her fourth triple of the year. She has eight career triples, which ranks second and is one behind the school record ... Memphis has played in seven-straight games decided by a run with the Tigers hold a 4-3 record during the stretch ... Jordan Richwood's 15 strikeouts ties for third in school history ... The 17 strikeouts by Memphis ties for second in school history ... Laura Curtis had a school record three sac hits in the game and Memphis had a combined five sacs to set a new school record ... Curtis has eight of her 10 sacs in the last seven games.