ECU Late Come Back Spoils Three Run Memphis Lead
May 5, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - East Carolina scored four two-out runs in the top of the sixth to overcome a three-run Memphis lead as the Tigers dropped a 5-4 decision in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
The U of M (19-35, 7-15 C-USA) stranded the tying run on third in the bottom of the seventh inning after Laura Curtis led off the frame with her second triple of the season.
Memphis recorded nine hits in the game and was led by a 3-for-3 performance by senior Alyssa Palmieri. After ECU took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Tigers scored four unanswered runs to build its 4-1 lead.
East Carolina (24-26, 10-11 C-USA) mounted its comeback in the sixth inning, loading the bases with one out. Memphis pitcher Ellen Roberts battled back and got a fly out to shallow left for the second out. But back-to-back bases loaded walks knocked Roberts out of the game. Priscilla Velasquez then hit a two-run single off Jordan Richwood in relief to give ECU the go-ahead runs.
Roberts (11-18) suffered the loss in the circle, allowing five runs on eight hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Richwood pitched an inning and a third in relief and allowed no runs on two hits.
Sarah Christian (18-15) earned the victory for ECU, allowing four runs on nine hits with a walk and a strikeout in a complete-game effort. Suzanne Riggs went 3-for-3 with two RBI to lead the Pirates.
ECU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Jill Jelnick led off the inning with a single to shortstop and advanced to third on a sac bunt and a wild pitch. Riggs then hit a one-out bloop single over second to drive in the first run of the game.
Palmieri drove in a two-out run in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 1-1. Roberts led off the inning with a walk and pinch runner Breslin Perry advanced to second on a sac bunt from Amber Lindahl. Palmieri later followed with a single to right field to score Perry from second.
Memphis took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third on a RBI double from Jessica Phillips. Libby Goranson started the two-out rally with a single to right field and scored from first on Phillips' ninth double of the season.
The Tigers scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to increase their lead to 4-1. Lindahl led off with a single to right and pinch runner Ashleigh King advanced on a fielder's choice sac by Sara Pearson. The throw went high to second and both runners were safe. A bunt single by Palmieri loaded the bases with no outs, allowing pinch hitter Jami Miller to drive in a run with a sac fly to right field. Pearson scored the second run in the inning on a groundout by Morgan Mosby to second.
Memphis and East Carolina continue the three-game series with game two of the doubleheader on Saturday. The two teams finish the series on Sunday at noon. Prior to tomorrow's game, the Tigers five seniors will be honored on Senior Day in the final game of the regular season.