Tigers Rout Hogs in 14-2 Run Rule
April 19, 2011
SHERWOOD, Ark. - An eight-run first-inning barrage spurned the University of Memphis softball team to a 14-2, six-inning rout of the University of Arkansas, Tuesday, at Sherwood Softball Complex.
Jessica Phillips continued to tear up opposing pitching, finishing 3-for-4 with six RBI, three runs scored and two home runs, including a grand slam in the sixth. Her second grand slam of the season set a new school season home run record with 13. She passed Leila Dolfo for the second-most runs knocked in during a single campaign, with 39, and is three away from Bridgette McNulty's 2006 school-record of 42 runs driven in.
Phillips now has four multi-homer games this season and five in her career. She has also had multiple hits in the last seven games.
Heather Mott and Maddie McKinley also had strong offensive numbers in the game. Mott finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored and McKinley went 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored. Mott increased her team season best hitting streak to nine games and has reached safely in 14-straight games. McKinley has a seven-game hitting streak.
On the hill, sophomore Carly Hummel (16-4) was a force, striking out eight in six innings of work for her season's 16th victory. That is one more than her win total from last season and is the second-most in a single season all-time at Memphis. With eight punch-outs, Hummel now has eight games with eight or more strike outs in 2011, including five in a row.
The victory gave Memphis (28-10) its seventh win in a row, second-most in 2011, and its second victory over an SEC opponent this season, after dispatching of currently-ranked No. 16 Kentucky.
Memphis compiled 15 hits in the game, marking the seventh-straight contest the Tigers have put together 10 or more hits. The U of M went the first 31 games of the season with only two 10+ hit games.
The Tigers teed off early and often on Razorback hurler Layne McGuirt, who received the victory against the U of M in Sherwood last season, chasing her after a mere two-thirds of an inning and seven earned runs scored.
Memphis' offensive explosion was keyed by Mott, who scored after leading off the game with a single. She came around to score the first run of the game on a bases loaded single by Phillips. Kamri Chester then knocked in two with a single to left center and Kailey Kassner drove in two more runs with a double. Nikki Moreno also doubled in a run in the inning, and Mott ended the scoring with a two-run homer to left center, her seventh of the season.
Memphis tacked on another in the second with a solo shot from Phillips.
The Hogs never threatened the Tigers, scoring two runs in the fifth on one hit to prolong the game an extra inning.
The Tigers came back in the sixth with five more runs on five hits. McKinley hit a bases loaded single to score the first run and Phillips followed with her grand slam and second home run of the game.
Memphis will look to continue their winning ways, Friday, when they get back in the thick of Conference USA play by hosting a doubleheader with UCF. First pitch is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. (CT), with the series finale scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m (CT).