Houston's Six-Run Seventh Dooms @MemphisSoftball, 6-0
April 27, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis softball team (22-34, 8-15 C-USA) allowed just three hits by Houston (34-16, 16-4 C-USA) through six innings of play, but a six-run seventh inning by the Cougars gave them the series win, 6-0, Saturday afternoon at the Tigers Softball Complex.
Both teams put runners at third in the first inning, but neither could get a run across the board. In Memphis' frame, Lelani Bernardino extended her school-record reached base streak after a walk to begin the game to reach base for the 21st-straight game. She has hit safely in 19 of the 21 games during the streak.
Katie St. Pierre got the first hit of the game with a single through the left side in the top of the third inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Ijiah Hargrove got the first hit for the Tigers with a single before Bernardino answered with one up the middle. Memphis could not bring them in after a strikeout and a grounder to second.
The Cougars loaded the bases in the fifth after singles from Sydney Gerbracht and St. Pierre and a walk from Kendra Cullum. However, Amber Lindahl would tag out Gerbracht at home to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.
The Tigers were limited to just one hit over the last three innings, but Houston came alive in the seventh with six runs off five hits. Reina Gaber got the Cougars started in the seventh with a single to left center. After a walk from Diedre Outon, Julia Pecina drove in two runs with a double to left center to give Houston a 2-0 advantage. St. Pierre followed with a double to score Pecina for a 3-0 Houston lead. Cullum drew her second walk of the game to set a up a three-run shot by Holly Anderson over the left field wall for a comfortable 6-0 lead.
Outon (9-5) earned the win in the circle for Houston, finishing with nine strikeouts while allowing just three hits and one walk. Jordan Richwood (8-11) was given the loss for Memphis after allowing eight hits and six walks.
The teams wrap up their series tomorrow with a 12 p.m. game at Tigers Softball Complex. Seniors - Lelani Bernardino, Laura Curtis, Jami Miller and Morgan Mosby - will be honored before the start of the game. The game was moved up from a 1 p.m. start to accommodate Houston's travel schedule.