Memphis Breaks Out with 10 Runs in Victory
April 24, 2007
For Immediate Release
Game Two Memphis (28-22) 001 010 8 - 10 13 0 SEMO (16-26) 010 000 0 - 1 4 2 Win: Kubesch (18-9). Loss: Fisher (11-18). Save: None. HR: (MEM) Dolfo (10), Nance (5), Gross (2) 2B: (SE) Sperakos (7). (MEM) Hayden (5), Dolfo (16)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The University of Memphis softball team exploded with an eight run seventh in the second game against Southeast Missouri on Tuesday at the SE Softball Complex en route to a 10-1 victory. The two teams split the doubleheader with SEMO winning the first game 4-3.
Junior designated player Melissa Nance and sophomore second baseman Tori Gross both had three-run homers in the seventh as Memphis finally took advantage of putting runners on. The win snapped a program record five-game losing streak.
The two teams waited through a 25 minute rain delay in the top of the fifth. Before athe brief downpour began and the tarp was brought out, the Tigers put the winning run on with a walk to Gross. Once the rain had lifted, Leandra Hines moved Gross to second with a sac and Kimmi Hayden followed with a game-winning RBI double that put Memphis up 2-1. The two-bagger was the second on the day for the sophomore catcher who had four RBI in the two games.
Jenna Kubesch (18-9) won her 18th game of the season. The senior right hander scattered four hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Kubesch had 12 strikeouts in nine innings in the two games.
The Redhawks again scored the first run of the game and took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Center fielder Lindsay Pickering led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Elise Sperakos then brought Pickering home with a double down the left field line.
Leila Dolfo tied the game up at one in the top of the third with her 10th home run of the season. The sophomorer shortstop blasted a towering two-out home run over the left field fence.
Memphis' defense played itself out of a scoring opportunity for SEMO in the bottom of the sixth. The Redhawks' lead off hitter singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. With no outs, Stacia Dopudja lined a shot out of the glove of third baseman Bridgette McNulty. McNulty looked the runner back to third and fired her throw to first for the out. The runner on third then tried to advance to third, but first baseman Kara Ross threw to Dolfo at third to complete the double play.
In the seventh inning, Dolfo led off with her 16th double of the season and advanced to third on Hines' second sac bunt of the game. The bunt was misplayed by SEMO, allowing Hines to reach first on an error. With one out, Ross delivered a two-run single to begin the eight run inning. Memphis put together six hits in the inning, capped by three-run homers from Nance and Gross.
Memphis will next play at Ausin Peay on Wednesday in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. There will be no live coverage of the games.