@MemphisSoftball Duels With UCA to Open Fall Season
Sept. 14, 2013
The University of Memphis softball team opened the 2013 fall season with a 14-inning contest against the Central Arkansas Bears. The contest was broken up into two 7-inning games, with UCA winning the first 5-4 and Memphis winning the second 4-3.
In the last inning of the day, sophomore infielder Jaye Smith singled to right-center field, scoring Hannah Harrell for the game-winning run. Harrell had entered as a pinch-runner after Breslin Perry led off the inning with a single.
Over the course of the game, 19 Tigers saw game action either defensively or at the plate. Four Tigers pitchers took the circle for the Tigers.
Ellen Roberts started and pitched the first four innings, allowing just one run to go with six strikeouts. Freshman Calli Irvin relieved Roberts and pitched three innings and allowed three runs in her first appearance. Junior Jordan Richwood posted 11 strikeouts in her four innings of work, and freshman Christian Novak finished pitched the final three innings for Memphis.
Each team finished with 17 hits on the day.
Memphis continues the fall season next Friday night against Christian Brothers University. First pitch at Tiger Softball Complex is scheduled for 5 p.m. and admission is FREE for all fans.
Memphis Head Coach Natalie Poole
On how the team approaches the fall season:
We use the fall to see everybody on the field. Sometimes it's hard to be patient, because we know some are going to be a little more advanced than others or more experienced. But we use the fall so that we can work on executing things that we learn in practice.
On how the fall season affects the younger players:
will get out some of the nerves that they have when they first come in. Some of them will be a little anxious and won't know how to approach the game yet. Our freshman pitchers today, it took them a while to figure out to work the hitters and the strike zone. This setting gives them a chance to battle that, and it gives us a chance to expose what these kids need to get better at, and to give them some confidence.