Memphis Shows Fight in 7-4 Loss to UCF
April 22, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. - In a game that began on Friday, UCF held on to defeat the University of Memphis softball team, 7-4, on Sunday morning.
The Knights (34-12, 12-5) held a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third on Friday when the game was postponed due to weather. Expected bad weather on Saturday pushed the resumption of the game to Sunday.
When play resumed, UCF scored two more runs in the bottom of the third to increase its lead to 5-1. But Memphis (18-33, 6-14) bounced right back in the top of the fifth with a three-run homer from Jessica Phillips to cut the lead to one. The Tigers loaded the bases with no outs after the home run, but UCF pitcher Ali Schmidt struck out the next two batters and pitched out of the jam with no further damage.
The Knights scored runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth to earn the three-run victory.
Jordan Richwood (6-10) suffered the loss in the circle for Memphis. Richwood allowed five runs on three hits with two strikeouts and four walks in two-plus innings. The freshman struggled coming back on Sunday, allowing a double and two walks to load the bases before being relieved by senior Lauren Carley. Carley pitched the final four innings and allowed two runs on six hits with a strikeout.
Laura Curtis and Libby Goranson led the Tigers in hitting. Curtis went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Goranson was 2-for-2. Memphis outhit UCF 10-9 in the game. Kamri Chester had the other U of M RBI with a single in the second inning on Friday.
Schmidt (11-3) earned the victory after striking out eight in seven innings and allowing four runs on 10 hits with five walks.
Memphis scored the first run of the game in the top of the second. Sara Pearson led off the inning with a walk and scored on a two-out single to right by Chester.
UCF scored three runs in the bottom of the second to jump to a 3-1 lead. Hayley Barrow led off the inning with a solo home run to left. A walk to Danielle Brewer was followed by a one-out triple to right center by Taway Swan to drive in the second run. Madeline Schroeder then had a groundout to knock in Swan from third.
When play resumed on Sunday, Vanessa Perez led off for UCF with a double down the left line. Back-to-back walks to Farrah Sullivan and Alena Murgatroyd loaded the bases with no outs. After a 2-0 count to Barrow, Carley came in to pitch for Richwood. A one-out hit by Kahley Novak toward first resulted in a throwing error and allowed two runs to score and increase the UCF lead to 5-1.
Memphis bounced back into the game in the top of the fifth. A leadoff walk by Curtis and a single by Goranson put two runners on for Phillips who crushed her third home run of the season to left. Amber Lindahl and Pearson followed with singles, and Palmieri walked to load the bases with no outs. But Schmidt struck out Ijiah Hargrove and Chester and then got Morgan Mosby to ground into a fielder's choice that ended the inning.
The Knights scored an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth on a RBI single from Swan and then scored an unearned run on a throwing error in the sixth to take the 7-4 victory.
Memphis concludes the three-game series with UCF this afternoon.