Rutgers Homers Past @MemphisSoftball in Extra Innings
April 18, 2014
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -A walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth by Rutgers gave Memphis its second-straight extra-inning loss to open a conference series. The Tigers drop game one of the opener at the Scarlet Knights 3-1 on Friday afternoon at the RU Softball Complex.
Last week Memphis feel in 11 innings in the series opener against Houston.
With the loss, Memphis falls to 19-25 overall and 3-9 in the American Athletic Conference. Rutgers improves to 20-15 and 4-6.
Memphis broke up a no-hitter and a scoreless game in the top of the sixth inning. After freshman Calli Irvin was hit by the pitch, freshman Lindsay Crowdus recorded the first hit for Memphis with a single to left. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third with one out, allowing sophomore Wheeler Hill to drive in a run with a single to left. The Tigers would leave two runners in scoring position with one out in the inning.
Immediately after Memphis took the lead, Rutgers countered in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run by Jackie Bates to left. A scoreless seventh gave Memphis its fifth extra inning game of the season.
The Tigers had the go ahead run on second in the seventh and on third in the eighth, but were unable to get timely hit. The Scarlet Knights led off the bottom of the eighth with a bunt single and Chandler Howard followed with a walk-off home run to right.
Senior Ellen Roberts (9-15) took a shutout into the sixth inning and allowed three runs on eight hits with a strikeout and no walks.
Memphis struck out a season worst 13 times in the game with seven of them looking. Every batter in the Tigers lineup struck out at least once to Rutgers southpaw Alyssa Landrith (13-6). Landrith allowed one run on four hits with no walks.
Memphis and Rutgers continue the three-game series with game two of the doubleheader on Friday. The final game of the series is on Saturday at 10 a.m. CT/11 ET.