Two Sixth-Inning Homers Give ECU One-Run Victory over @MemphisSoftball
April 21, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - For the second-straight game, a pair of late home runs spoil a University of Memphis lead as East Carolina defeats the Tigers 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at the ECU Softball Stadium.
The Pirates (21-25, 11-7 C-USA) sweep the three-game series with two of the games decided by a run and the other decided by two. Memphis (21-32, 8-13 C-USA) has been involved in nine one-run games in the past 10 contests.
Senior second baseman Morgan Mosby went 3-for-4 in the game and gave Memphis a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning on a two-out bases loaded double that scored three runs.
The two-run lead held until the sixth inning when East Carolina's Kai Clark and Kelsi Briggs hit back-to-back home runs to give the Pirates the 4-3 lead.
Senior outfielder Lelani Bernardino also had a multiple-hit game for Memphis, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored. She extends her reach base streak to 18 games, one shy of the school record, and has hit safely in 16 of the last 18 games.
Junior RHP Ellen Roberts (12-21) suffered the loss, giving up three earned runs on nine hits. Sarah Christian (15-12) earned the victory in the circle, allowing three unearned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.
ECU jumped on the board with an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning. Jill Jelnick reached base on an error at first to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a one-out double to left center by Alex Fieldhouse. Jordan Lewis then drove in the run with a sharp hit sacrifice fly to left.
The Pirates loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the third on a pair of singles and a walk. Memphis got out of the jam with a strikeout followed by a rare 1-2-5 double play. Lewis popped the ball up in front of home plate. The ball was touched by Roberts in fair territory but not caught. Junior catcher Amber Lindahl picked up the ball and touched home plate before throwing to third for the double play.
The Tigers got out of another bases loaded jam in the fourth inning. ECU loaded them up on three singles with one out. Meredith Mitchell hit into a fielder's choice to the pitcher to record the second out at home and Briggs was retired at home for the third out after trying to score on a ball that got away from the catcher.
Memphis took the lead in the fifth inning, scoring three runs on two hits. The Tigers loaded the bases after two quick outs on an error, a hit batter and an infield single. Mosby then delivered her third hit of the game with a bases clearing double to right center to give Memphis a 3-1 lead.
Similar to ECU's comeback in game two on Saturday, the Pirates hit two home runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to regain its one-run lead, 4-3. Clark and Briggs went back-to-back with Clark's coming after a leadoff single by Casey Alcorn.
Memphis will play on the road at UT Martin on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and then host its final games of the season with a three-game series against Houston on Saturday and Sunday at the Tigers Softball Complex. Four U of M seniors will be honored before the game on Sunday.
Game Notes - Lelani Bernardino extended her reach base streak to 18 games with a single in the third inning that ties Lindsay Kelso (2007) for second in school history. She is one away from tying the school record of 19 set by Heather Mott in 2011 ... Morgan Mosby had her third three-RBI game of the season and third three hits or more game ... Hannah Harrell extended her hitting streak to a career high four games with a single in the fifth inning ... Nine of the last 10 Memphis games have been decided by a run.