Memphis Falls in Series Opener Pitching Duel at USF
April 26, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. - The fifth inning provided the only scoring offense in a pitching duel with South Florida coming out with a 2-1 victory over the University of Memphis softball team in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
Memphis falls to 22-27 and 4-11 in the American Athletic Conference while USF improves to 34-14 and 8-5.
Senior Kelly Braman gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead and broke up a perfect game by Bulls ace Sara Nevins with one-out in the fifth inning on a solo home run to right. The opposite field homer would be the only hit in the game for Memphis who struck out a season high 14 times.
The lead for the Tigers wouldn't last long with USF scoring two runs on four hits in the bottom of the inning. The Bulls led off the rally with back-to-back one-out bunt singles. The first one by Dani Wayt looked like it would roll foul but stayed in play down the right line. The second bunt single by Kristen Wyckoff was a chopper to third but nobody was at first to receive the throw.
USF moved the runners over to second and third with two outs on a double steal. It appeared as if Memphis catcher Amber Lindahl's throw to third on the play was in time to retire the lead runner and end the inning, but Wayt was ruled safe. Ashli Goff then followed with a two-run single through the left side to score the eventual game-winning run.
Senior Ellen Roberts (11-16) pitched the complete game in the loss. Roberts allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out five.
Nevins (22-7) struck out 14 for the win with only one base runner in the game.
The two teams play game two of the doubleheader at the USF Softball Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The final game of the three-game series will be on Sunday at 10 a.m. CT/11 ET.