Memphis Holds Off Late Rally in 4-3 Win at Rutgers
April 19, 2014
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The University of Memphis softball team overcame a seventh inning rally to defeat Rutgers University 4-3 to end a three-game series on Saturday at the Rutgers Softball Complex.
The Tigers went into the bottom of the seventh inning with a 4-1 lead, but a two-out double to right center by Melanie Slowinski cut the lead to one and put the tying run at second. Memphis ace Ellen Roberts forced Jordan Whitley to fly out to left to end the game and preserve the one-run victory.
Memphis improves to 20-26 on the season and 4-10 in the American Athletic Conference, while Rutgers falls to 21-16 and 5-7.
Freshman Calli Irvin went 3-for-3 in the game with two RBI and a run scored. Her solo home run in the seventh inning ended up being the game-winning run and gives her a team best four homers on the season. The three hits were also a season high for the first baseman.
A day after striking out a season high 13 times against Rutgers southpaw Alyssa Landrith (13-7), Memphis struck out just once and had 10 hits. Sophomore Georganna Goodwin and senior Kelly Braman joined Irvin with multiple hits in the game for the Tigers.
Memphis jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning with RBI singles by freshman Brittany Vaughn and Braman. The Tigers added a run in the fourth inning on a RBI bases loaded single by Irvin to make it 3-0. The U of M threatened for more but grounded into its second double play in the game to end the inning.
Rutgers scored its first run in the game in the bottom of the fifth inning on a wind-aided solo home run to right by Alexis Durando.
Roberts (10-15) pitched the complete game for the victory in the circle. The senior allowed three runs on 12 hits with five strikeouts.
Roberts pitched out of several jams in the early innings. Rutgers stranded 11 runners on base and had multiple runners left on in the second, third and fifth innings. Her five strikeouts came at key times in those innings to help keep the Scarlet Knights off the board through the first four innings.
Memphis returns home to host a midweek doubleheader with Alcorn State on Wednesday at 4 and 6 p.m. at the Tigers Softball Complex. The Tigers then play its final road conference series at USF in Tampa, Fla., on April 26-27.