Rally Falls Short in Loss to SEMO
April 24, 2007
For Immediate Release
Game One Memphis (27-22) 002 000 1 - 3 8 0 SEMO (16-25) 103 000 x - 4 6 0 Win: Bradley (4-3). Loss: Johnson (10-13). Save: Fisher (3). HR: (SE) McDonald (8), Summers (10) 2B: (SE) Dopudja (10). (MEM) Hayden (4)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Despite a 2-for-3 performance with three RBI from sophomore Kimmi Hayden, the University of Memphis softball team struggled to move runners around in a 4-3 loss to Southeast Missouri in game one of a doubleheader on Tuesday at the SE Softball Complex.
Hayden matched a season high with the three RBI and gave the Tigers a brief 2-1 lead in the third inning with a two-run double. Memphis out-hit SEMO, 8-6, in the game; marking the third time in four games the Tigers have out-slugged its opponent in a loss. The U of M is now 24-4 when compiling more hits than the other team.
The Tigers had their fair share of opportunities to create big innings. After Hayden's two run double in the third, Memphis stranded the bases loaded. The U of M later hit back-to-back one-out singles in the sixth, but failed to advance the runners. After Hayden brought the Tigers within one in the seventh inning with an RBI single, Memphis stranded the game-tying run on second.
Kara Ross also had a big night at the plate for Memphis, finishing 3-for-3. The senior first baseman matched her career high in single game hits with the three singles.
Senior Nicki Johnson (10-13) suffered the loss on the mound, allowing four runs on six hits in four innings with five strikeouts. Senior Jenna Kubesch pitched two hitless innings in relief with five strikeouts.
Redhawk's shortstop Megan McDonald drilled a solo home run in the bottom of the first to give SEMO a 1-0 lead. McDonald's eighth homer of the season came with two outs in the inning.
The Tigers then went ahead 2-1 with two runs in the top of the third. Lindsey Pridgen led off the inning with a single to the left side. SEMO attempted to putout Pridgen at second on a sacrifice bunt from Tori Gross, but the senior center fielder beat out the throw and both runners were safe. After Leandra Hines moved both runners into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt, Hayden lined a two-run double down the left field line. Bridgette McNulty walked and Ross singled to load the bases, but Memphis stranded the runners.
The Memphis lead did not last long as the Redhawks scored three runs in the bottom of the third to lead 4-2. Michelle Summers lined a one-out solo home run off the foul pole in left field for the first run. Second baseman Jennifer Vaszquez then singled and Stacia Dopudja doubled down the line to put runners on second and third with two outs. A wild pitch moved the runners up one with Vasquez scoring, and Lindsay Pickering then hit an RBI single to the left side to score the third run.
The Tigers attempted a final hour comeback in the seventh inning. Gross led off the inning with a single and was replaced at first on a fielder's choice by Leila Dolfo. After a ground out moved Dolfo to second, Hayden brought Memphis within one with a RBI single down the left line. Hayden stole second to put the tying run in scoring position, but Memphis stranded its seventh runner to end the game.