Tigers Drop Pair of League Contests to UCF
April 19, 2008
For Immediate Release
First Game Memphis 000 000 0 - 0 2 1 UCF 000 230 x - 5 8 0 WP: Kime (22-9) LP: Bossom (10-11)
ORLANDO, Fla. - The University of Memphis softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader on Saturday to UCF at the UCF Softball Complex. The Tigers (24-23, 4-12) were shutout in game one, 5-0, before falling 4-2 in game two.
UCF (38-17, 13-6) pitching held Memphis to two runs on five hits in the two games. Junior outfielder Brittany Gooch was the only U of M player to collect multiple hits on the day. She finished with two singles and an RBI.
Allison Kime (23-9) picked up both victories for the Knights after holding Memphis to two hits in a complete game shutout in game one and pitching the final three and two-thirds innings in game two. She had 14 strikeouts on the day and allowed one run on three hits.
Capped by a two run home run by Hillary Barrow, the Knights scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. UCF began the inning with runners on second and third after a leadoff walk and an error. Breanne Javier hit a single to center field that the Knights attempted to score both runners on. A throw from Lindsay Kelso from center putout the second run attempt after Tiffany Lane had scored. Barrow then followed with her first home run of the season to left field.
The Tigers had an opportunity to score the first run of the game in the first inning after Leila Dolfo reached third on a double and a wild pitch with nobody out. But Memphis left her stranded, ending the inning on two strikeouts.
Memphis shortened the UCF lead to one with a second run in the sixth inning. Kelso led off the inning with a double to right center and advanced to third on a wild pitch with nobody out. After being hit by the ball in the knuckles on a ball that was ruled foul, Heather Mott lifted a fly ball just short of the left field fence to score Kelso on the sacrifice fly.
The Knights regained the run in the bottom of the sixth on a bases loaded sacrifice fly to score Lane's second run in the game.
Freshman Rayna McClinton (5-4) went the distance for Memphis in the loss. McClinton allowed four runs on six hits with five strikeouts. UCF stranded 11 runners in the game.
Kime kept Memphis to two hits in game one with only one hit out of the infield. The senior struck out nine for her ninth shutout of the season. Memphis' only base runner in scoring position came in the sixth inning when Sara Schneider reached second on a sac bunt.
Freshman Kimber Bossom (10-11) suffered the loss for Memphis after allowing three earned runs on eight hits in a complete game effort. Five of the hits came in the Knights' three-run fifth inning.
Neither team could advance a runner into scoring position through the first three and a half innings with both pitchers battling in the circle. As a result, the Knights went to small ball in the bottom of the fourth and came up with two runs.
UCF used an error, a hit and three bunts to take a 2-0 lead. Breanne Javier reached base to lead off the inning on a throwing error. A fielder's choice bunt and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third with nobody out. Cat Snapp then laid down the third-straight bunt with the runners going to the pitcher. The Tigers threw home on the play, but Javier was ruled safe. Lindsey Dean then hit a one-out single down the left field line to score Barrow for the second run.
Five hits in the bottom of the fifth extended the Knights' lead to 5-0. UCF led off the inning with five straight hits and scored on back-to-back doubles by Barrow and Kime. Kime's double was a two-run shot off the right-center fence.
The two teams will complete the three-game series on Sunday at noon (EST). The game can be followed live on GameTracker. Live streaming video and audio is also available to All-Access subscribers. Links to the live content can be found at GoTigersGo.com.