Houston Shuts Out @MemphisSoftball in Series Opener
April 27, 2013
MEMPHIS - The University of Memphis softball team fell 6-0 in game one of a doubleheader with Houston on Saturday afternoon at the Tigers Softball Complex.
The Cougars (33-16, 15-4 C-USA) opened the three-game series with a two-hit shutout by Bailey Watts (17-5).
Senior outfielder Lelani Bernardino extended her reach base streak to a school record 20 games with a single in the third inning. She has hit safely in 18 of the 20 games during the streak. Senior shortstop Laura Curtis was the only other Tiger to record a hit in the game.
Memphis (22-33, 8-14 C-USA) loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the second, but was unable to bring a run across the plate. The opportunity ended up being the biggest threat for the Tigers during the game.
Houston took a 3-0 lead on three hits in the top of the third. After loading the bases with one out on two hits and a walk, Holly Anderson drove in the game's first run with a sac fly at the wall in center. Haley Outon then followed with a two-run double to right center.
Anderson drove in two more runs in the fifth inning with a two-run homer barely over the centerfield fence. The Cougars made it 6-0 with an unearned run in the sixth inning on a two-out single down the right line by Katie St. Pierre to score Jamie Edwards from second.
Junior RHP Ellen Roberts (13-22) suffered the loss. Roberts allowed five earned runs on nine hits with a strikeout and one walk. Watts struck out one and walked three in the shutout.
Anderson finished with three RBI in the game and went 2-for-2 with a run scored. Outon went 1-for-4 with two RBI, while Edwards finished 3-for-3 with a run.
Memphis and Houston continue the doubleheader with game two this afternoon. The two teams will close out the three-game series on Sunday at 12 p.m. Memphis will honor its four seniors before the start of the final home game of the season at the Tigers Softball Complex. The game time was moved up from 1 p.m. to accommodate Houston's flight schedule.
Game Notes: Lelani Bernardino set a new school record, reaching base in the 20th-straight game with a single in the top of the third. She has hit safely in 18 of 20 games in the streak...