Tigers Fall 6-2 in Game Three of the Series Against Louisville
May 4, 2014
Memphis, Tenn.--The University of Memphis softball fell to the Louisville Cardinals 6-2 in the final regular season and game of the American Athletic Conference series on Sunday afternoon at the Tigers Softball Complex.
With the loss Memphis falls to 23-31 overall and 5-15 in conference play. Louisville improved to 33-20 and 14-7.
Ellen Roberts (12-19) took the loss for the Tigers, allowing six runs on 12 hits. Wheeler Hill and Brittany Vaughn each went 1-for-3 in the loss. Both Roberts and Kelly Braman made up for the other two hits in the contest with Roberts and Jaye Smith driving in the two Memphis runs.
The Cardinals opened the game with two runs when both Taner Fowler and Brittany Duncan reached home after Katie Keller doubled to center field.
The Tigers attempted to answer in the bottom of the first when with one out, Hill reached base on a fielding error. Hill was advanced to second when Vaughn grounded out to second base but was stranded when Braman struck out swinging to end the inning.
The game was quiet until Louisville scored three more runs in the top of the sixth inning and one in the seventh, leading the Tigers 6-0.
Louisville pitcher Rachel Le Coq had held the Tigers without a hit through the first six innings, but gave up four-straight hits to open the seventh. Hill broke up the no-hitter to lead off the seventh with a single to third base and advanced to second on a single up the middle by Vaughn. After Braman singled to load the bases, Roberts drove in the first Memphis run with a single through the left side. With one out, Smith flied out to left field, sending Vaughn home on the sacrifice fly.
This game ended the regular season for the Tigers. Memphis heads to Houston, Texas this week for the American Athletic Conference Tournament. The Tigers will be the seventh seed in the tournament and will face No. 2 seeded USF on Thursday.