Memphis Splits Doubleheader with Tennessee State
April 18, 2007
For Immediate Release
Game Two TSU (29-19) 000 010 0 - 1 5 0 Memphis (27-18) 000 000 0 - 0 3 3 Win: Vaught (13-7). Loss: Johnson (10-11). Save: None 2B - (TSU) Metzger (10)
MEMPHIS - Senior Jenna Kubesch threw a two-hit shutout victory to help the University of Memphis softball team split a doubleheader with Tennessee State on Wednesday at the UM Softball Complex.
Kubesch (17-7) earned her 17th victory and fifth shutout of the season as Memphis blanked TSU for the third-straight time, 8-0. Tennessee State then scored its first run in four games against the U of M in the second game and carried it to a 1-0 win.
With six strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings of work in the two games, Kubesch set a new season career high in K's. She established the inaugural mark last season with 158 strikeouts and is at 160 this year.
Senior third baseman Bridgette McNulty knocked in four RBI in the first game, including a three-run home run in the fourth inning. Memphis scored seven runs in the inning and had back-to-back homers from McNulty and senior first baseman Kara Ross who hit her fifth long ball. Freshman
Leigh Rowan continued with her clutch pinch hitting, delivering a two run single in the fourth as well. Sophomore shortstop Leila Dolfo led Memphis with three hits in the two games and had one RBI with two runs scored.
Memphis moves to 27-18 on the season and is 4-9 in league play. The Lady Tigers are just one win away from matching its victory total from 2006. Tennessee State is 29-19 on the year.
Senior pitcher Candace Hildebrand (14-11) held Memphis to just one hit through the first three innings of game one, but the Lady Tigers broke through with seven hits and seven runs in the fourth. Hildebrand was charged with five of those runs and gave up four hits in her three and a third innings.
The U of M loaded the bases with one out in the fourth beginning with walks to junior Melissa Nance and sophomore second baseman Tori Gross followed by a bunt single from Brittany Gooch. Dolfo then brought in the first run of the game on a single to right field and was followed by a two-run single from Rowan. McNulty cleared the bases with her a three-run shot to center followed by a solo shot by Ross off the foul pole marker in right. Memphis stranded the bases loaded in the inning and left eight on in the game.
Memphis scored its eighth run in the bottom of the fifth to complete the run-rule shutout. Dolfo doubled to right center to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a single by sophomore left fielder Leandra Hines. McNulty ended the game with a RBI groundball to shortstop.
In game two, the table was turned as Tennessee State's junior pitcher Amanda Vaught (13-7) threw a three-hit, 1-0 shutout over Memphis. The U of M only put one runner in scoring position with Gross reaching second in the sixth inning.
TSU scored its run in the top of the fifth. Vaught hit a single off the center field fence with one out and was replaced by pinch runner Katie Anderson. A wild pitch moved Anderson to second and a single by Tamara Perkins scored the only run of the game.
Senior Nicki Johnson (10-11) and Kubesch combined for six strikeouts, allowing five hits in the game. Johnson suffered the loss after pitching five and a third innings with four hits, four strikeouts and a run.
Memphis will next travel to Marshall to take on the Thundering Herd in a three-game conference series beginning on Saturday. The series is the last conference road match-up for the Tigers in the season. The U of M will close the season with two-straight conference series at home against UAB and UCF.