@MemphisSoftball Holds On For 5-4 Victory Over Murray State
May 1, 2013
MURRAY, Ky. - The University of Memphis softball team (23-35) held off a late rally by Murray State (21-25) to earn a 5-4 victory in game one of a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead after the first inning as Lelani Bernardino led off with a double to center field before advancing to third on a sac bunt from Hannah Harrell. A dropped strikeout allowed Bernardino to come home on the following batter to give Memphis a 1-0 advantage.
The Racers evened the score in the bottom of the second with a home run to left field from Casey Castile. However, the Tigers answered with a three-run third inning to go up 4-1. Libby Goranson started off the third with a walk before Ijiah Hargrove laid down a bunt to third to put runners on first and third after pinch runner Lindsie Knowles moved to third on a throwing error. A single from Bernardino plated Knowles and an error in the outfield allowed Hargrove to come home for a 3-1 Memphis lead. Bernardino scored her second run of the game off a wild pitch to give Memphis a 4-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the third, Murray State put two on with one out, but a double play by the Tigers kept the Racers from doing any damage.
In the fifth inning, Bernardino led off with her second double of the game to tie a career high for doubles in a contest after a shot to right center. Bernardino moved to third off a sac bunt from Harrell, but grounders to the pitcher and third baseman kept the Tigers from extending their lead any further.
Laura Curtis hit her second home run of the season in the sixth inning with a two-out line drive to left field to put Memphis up 5-1.
The Tigers threatened again in the seventh with Bernardino reaching third off a hit by pitch, stolen base and a passed ball. Harrell followed with a walk. Morgan Mosby then attempted to lay down a suicide squeeze bunt, but Bernardino was retired at home after a quick reaction from the third baseman.
After a leadoff single from Christian Cox in the seventh, Erica Howard homered to center field to cut the Racers' deficit to 5-3 with no outs. With two outs in the inning, Alexa Becker gave Murray State its third home run of the day with a shot to center field to make it 5-4 Memphis. That would be the closest the Racers would get as Jordan Richwood struck out Castile to give Memphis the win.
Ellen Roberts(14-23) earned the win for Memphis while Shelby Kosmecki (8-17) took the loss for the Racers. At the plate, Bernardino went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead the Tigers.