Seniors Go Out in Style with 5-3 Win against ECU on Senior Day
May 6, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - On senior day, the Memphis seniors went out with a bang in their final home contest of their careers, helping the Tigers defeat East Carolina 5-3 on Sunday afternoon.
All four RBI in the game for Memphis (20-36, 8-16 C-USA) were driven in by seniors. Senior Jessica Phillips went 3-for-3 in the game with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Senior Kamri Chester drove in a run and senior Alyssa Palmieri went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
In her first start since March 20, senior Lauren Carley (1-1) baffled ECU's lineup through the first six innings. Carley allowed two runs on three hits with four strikeouts in six and a third innings to pick up her first victory of the season.
Memphis has earned the seventh seed in the Conference USA Tournament that begins on Thursday in Birmingham, Ala. The Tigers will play the loser of today's UAB versus Tulsa match-up with the winner of that game earning the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Morgan Mosby led off with a single through the left side and later scored on a double to left center by Phillips.
Chester and Palmieri made it a 2-0 lead for Memphis in the bottom of the second. Palmieri led off with a single through the left side and later scored on a RBI groundout to second by Chester.
Memphis scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to increase its lead to 5-0. Phillips picked up her 29th career multi-RBI game with a two-run single up the middle with the bases loaded, scoring Mosby and Laura Curtis. Pinch runner Breslin Perry scored the third run of the inning on a wild pitch by Sarah Christian.
After the Tigers blew two multiple-run leads in the sixth inning on Saturday in losses to the Pirates, ECU battled back with a comeback attempt in the seventh. The Pirates (25-27, 11-12 C-USA) scored three runs and had the tying run at the plate, but sophomore Ellen Roberts was able to make the final out in relief to give the U of M a win in the final regular season game.
Mosby also finished with a multiple-hit game for the Tigers in a 2-for-3 outing and two runs scored. Phillips tied a career high with two doubles and moved into sole possession of third place in school history with 27 career doubles.
ECU's Courtney Smith (7-12) suffered the loss in the circle. Smith allowed two runs on five hits. Christian pitched two and a third innings in relief and gave up three runs on five hits.