Four-Run Eighth Lifts @MemphisSoftball to 5-4 Win Over Murray State
May 1, 2013
M0URRAY, Ky. - The University of Memphis softball team (24-35) scored four runs in the eighth inning in game two of a doubleheader against Murray State (21-26) to secure a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.
The Racers got on the board first after back-to-back singles and a sacrifice fly gave Murray State a 1-0 lead after the first inning.
In the fourth inning, Laura Curtis hit her second home run of the day with a shot to left center to knot the game up at 1-all. The Racers threatened in the bottom half of the inning after Alexa Becker walked, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout. With two outs, a fly ball to left field ended the inning to keep the game at 1-1.
Lelani Bernardino got the Tigers going in the fifth inning with leadoff double to center field. An infield single from Morgan Mosby and a walk by Curtis loaded the bases with two outs. However, Murray State pitcher CheyAnne Gaskey struck out her fifth batter of the day to keep Memphis from going on top.
In the bottom of the sixth, two walks and a single from Murray State loaded the bases with two outs , but a grounder from Sarah Anderson to Jordan Richwood ended the inning for the Racers to keep the game knotted at 1-all.
Bernardino was placed on second in the eighth inning as part of the international tiebreaker rule. Hannah Harrell began the inning with a bunt single to third before a two RBI single up the middle from Mosby gave the Tigers a 3-1 advantage. With two outs, pinch hitter Libby Goranson added to the Memphis lead with a double to left center to bring home Mosby for a 4-1 lead. Amber Lindahl followed with a single up the middle to score pinch runner Lindsie Knowles and push the Tigers' advantage to 5-1.
In the bottom of the eighth, Ellyn Troup drove in two runs with a single up the middle to make it 5-3. Leslie Bridges scored Troup on the following at bat with a single to left center to cut the Racers' deficit to 5-4. However, Ellen Roberts kept Murray State from doing any more damage with a strikeout and a grounder to herself to end the game.
Roberts (15-23) earned the win for the Tigers while Gaskey (12-8) was given the loss. At the plate, Mosby went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored to lead Memphis.
The Tigers will take one week off before heading to Tulsa, Okla., for the Conference USA Championships, May 9-11.