Home Runs Doom Tigers in 9-1 Loss to Bulldogs
April 24, 2012
Memphis had the first scoring opportunity of the game in its first at bat. Morgan Mosby led off the game with a single through the left side and Jessica Phillips singled to left field, putting runners at first and second with two down. The Bulldogs got out of the jam, getting Amber Lindahl to pop up to the catcher in foul territory.
Kamri Chester opened the third inning with a hard-hit double down the left-field line. Chester advanced to third on a line drive to centerfield by Mosby. Facing a full count, Laura Curtis swung at the pitch but the catcher couldn't handle the ball. Chester scored on the wild pitch and Mosby advanced to second. Libby Goranson popped up to first base for the second out. With Phillips at the plate, a wild pitch allowed Mosby to advance to third. However, Phillips hit a chopper to third base for the final out.
MSU got on the board in the bottom of the third after putting runners on first and second with one out on a walk and single by Jessica Offutt and Brittany Bell. Jessica Cooley hit a shot toward first base that Phillips knocked down before tagging out Cooley, but both runners advanced on the play. Kaili Smith singled up the middle to score both runners. Chester made a throw on the play, but Lindahl's tag was just late. Smith advanced to second on the throw to home. Sam Lanahan then hit a single to left field and Smith tested Chester's arm for the second straight play. This time Chester and Lindahl connected for the putout at home plate to end the inning.
Memphis had an opportunity to tie the game with one out in the fifth inning. Chester picked up her second hit of the day on an infield single. Mosby advanced Chester on a chopper to first base, but Curtis went down on strikes for the second time of the day to end the threat.
The Bulldogs tacked on three runs in the bottom of the fifth after Roberts hit Gates and walked Ouffit. Bell then hit a three-run homer to left field. Jordan Richwood entered the game for Roberts in the circle, but MSU plated another run to take a 6-1 lead with a solo homer by Cooley. Richwood settled down and pitched out of the inning.
Mississippi State put runners on first and second in the sixth with a walk and another hit batter. Lauren Carley came in to relieve Richwood, making her the third Tiger to pitch in the game. Carley induced a pop up and shallow fly and was close to getting out of the jam. However, Cooley came to the plate and hit her second home run of the game. Cooley's three run shot to left field gave Mississippi State a 9-1 lead and ended the game.
The Tigers will have a 10-day layoff between games due to final exams. Memphis is back in action for its final regular-season series against East Carolina May 5-6. Saturday's doubleheader is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. (CT) and Sunday's single game is schedule for a noon (CT) start.