Roberts Throws Two-Hit Shutout in 3-0 Victory over UCF
April 22, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. - Ellen Roberts pitched a two-hit shutout and Ijiah Hargrove drove in a pair of runs as the University of Memphis softball team earned a 3-0 victory in the final game of a three-game series at UCF on Sunday afternoon.
Roberts (11-16) earned her fourth shutout of the season in the win as Memphis improved to 19-33 and 7-14 in Conference USA. The sophomore struck out two and walked two, while allowing just one base runner to reach second. UCF fell to 34-13 and 12-6 in C-USA.
Hargrove tied a career high with two RBI. The sophomore went 2-for-3 and drove in runs in the second and sixth innings on singles. Alyssa Palmieri drove in a run with a bases loaded walk in the third inning. Hargrove, Palmieri and Libby Goranson accounted for all six of the Memphis hits with all three recording a pair of singles.
UCF ace Mackenzie Audas (18-7) suffered the loss. The freshman allowed three runs on six hits with five strikeouts and three walks.
Memphis took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Amber Lindahl reached on a one-out hit by pitch and advanced to second on an error off a fielder's choice groundball to third by Sara Pearson. An infield bunt single from Palmieri loaded the bases with one out and was followed by a slap single toward first by Hargrove to score Lindahl. The Tigers stranded the bases loaded with one out in the inning.
The U of M again loaded the bases in the top of the third. Goranson led off the inning with the first of her two singles. Jessica Phillips was hit by the pitch and Pearson drew a two-out walk to put three ducks on the pond for Palmieri. The senior walked to score pinch runner Breslin Perry, but the Tigers again ended the inning with the bases loaded.
Hargrove drove in her second run of the game in the top of the sixth. Phillips reached to lead off the inning on an error at second and a pinch runner Kassy Dunn advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lindahl. A two-out single by Palmieri put runners at the corners and Hargrove singled through the left side to score Dunn.
Memphis has four games remaining before the Conference USA tournament begins in Birmingham, Ala., on May 10. The Tigers have just one game on the schedule next week, a midweek contest at Mississippi State at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Following the bye week, Memphis closes the regular season at home with a three-game series against East Carolina on May 5-6.