Murray State defeats @MemphisSoftball, 4-3
April 30, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
The University of Memphis softball team fell to Murray State, 4-3, off a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday at the Tigers Softball Complex.
The game went back and forth as Murray State (28-21) was able to pull ahead in the top of the seventh inning and take down Memphis (22-30).
Roberts (11-18) pitched the complete game for Memphis, finishing with four strikeouts in the loss.
Memphis got off to an early, 1-0, start in the first inning as Braman singled up the center to bring in Hill. Crowdus and Hill started off the inning with bunts to reach base for the Tigers.
Murray State was able to get things going in the second as Leslie Bridges doubled deep to center field. The Racers were unable to move Bridges as she was stranded, retiring the second inning.
The Tigers picked up two more hits in the second inning as Hargrove and Crowdus hit singles. Ijiah Hargrove stole second and reached third on a hit from Crowdus. The two were stranded on base to end the inning.
Both teams struggled to get anything going in the third inning. Roberts picked up two more strikeouts to give her three for the game. Braman recorded her second hit in the bottom of the inning with a single to left field. The Tigers then batted into a double play to retire the third.
Murray State broke through in the fourth inning as the Racers tied the game, 1-1. Alexa Becker hit into a fielder's choice and was then able to steal second and reached third off a wild throw from Roberts. Jessica Twaddle followed with a single to left field that brought in Becker to tie the game.
Memphis threatened in the fourth, finding themselves with the bases loaded with 0 outs. Cierra Mangum was walked to start things off and Smith followed with a bunt. Calli Irvin responded with a blooper to center field to load the bases. Three straight outs retired the inning and stranded all three runners on base.
The Racers took the lead, 2-1, in the fifth inning off a double to deep left field from Erica Howard. The hit brought in Cayla Levins who singled to center field to start the inning.
The Tigers responded with a strong fifth inning to tie the game, 2-2. Roberts doubled to left field to bring in Braman who was walked to start the inning.
Becker singled to center field to get things going to the Racers in the sixth. Roberts was able to retire the next three to retire the inning.
Memphis was able to regain the lead in the sixth inning, 3-2. Hargrove was walked to start the inning as Hill followed with a blooper down the left field line. Amber Lindahl provided a sac bunt to bring in Hargrove and give the Tigers a, 3-2, lead as the game went into the seventh inning.
A two-run home run from Shelbey Miller gave the Racers a, 4-3, lead in the top of the seventh. Levins singled to left field to start the inning.
Smith reached base with a single to center field in the bottom of the seventh. Hargrove provided a sac bunt to move Smith to second but was stranded on base as the Racers won, 4-3.
The Tigers return to the field this weekend for a three-game series against Louisville on Saturday and Sunday at the Tigers Softball Complex.