Memphis Rally Falls Short in Game One with Marshall
April 21, 2007
For Immediate Release
Game One Memphis (27-19, 4-10) 000 000 3 - 3 9 0 Marshall (26-22, 8-11) 010 040 x - 5 7 0 Win: Jackson (4-3). Loss: Kubesch (17-8). Save: Luers (1). 2B: (MAR) Sofie (2), Guzzo (10), Rodriguez (15) HR: (MEM) Gross (1)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - After stranding six baserunners through the first six innings, the University of Memphis softball team finally brought runners across the plate in the seventh. But after falling behind 5-0, a three run inning wasn't enough for the Tigers as they fell to the Thundering Herd 5-3 in the first game of a doubleheader at Dot Hicks Field on Saturday.
Sophomore second baseman Tori Gross hit the first home run of her career for Memphis in the seventh inning. The three-run shot to left field brought the Tigers within two with no outs and the top of the order coming up. But Marshall's Amanda Luers came in to record her first save by retiring the side.
Memphis (27-19, 4-10) out hit Marshall (26-22, 8-11), 9-7, in the game, losing for only the second time this season when putting up more than the opponent. The Tigers are now 24-2 when out hitting the other team.
Senior Jenna Kubesch pitched a complete game in the loss and falls to 17-8 on the season. The Weimar, Texas, native struck out four in six innings of work and allowed five earned runs. Caitlyn Jackson improved to 4-3 with the victory after allowing three runs on nine hits with four strikeouts in six innings of work.
Marshall's Rachael Sofie knocked in the first run of the game with an RBI two-out double off the left field wall in the bottom of the second. Joscelyn Bitner scored the run, coming all the way from first after reaching on a walk.
Marshall then exploded for four runs off three hits in the bottom of the fifth inning. Marcena Bertoldo led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a bunt hit by Kristina Knecht. Memphis then intentionally walked Rachel Folden to load the bases after a wild pitch advanced the two runners into scoring position. Designated player Samantha Rodriguez followed with a bases clearing double off the center field wall. A sacrifice bunt advanced Rodriguez to third and Marshall then squeezed in a run with an RBI sac by Deanna Tourville to take a 5-0 lead.
The Tigers stranded the bases loaded in the top of the sixth. Sophomore shortstop Leila Dolfo led off with a single to the left side and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore left fielder Leandra Hines. A walk to senior third baseman Bridgette McNulty and a bloop single into left by senior first baseman Kara Ross loaded them up with one out. But Memphis was unable to capitalize, leaving six on through the first six.
Freshman right fielder Leigh Rowan and senior center fielder Lindsey Pridgen began the seventh with back-to-back singles, allowing Gross to hit her three-run shot. Sophomore catcher Kimmi Hayden led the Tigers with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate.