Softball Earns Pair of Victories in Fall Tournament
Sept. 29, 2007
For Immediate Release
Game One Northwest CC 000 000 - 0 2 3 Memphis 204 06X - 12 9 0 Win: Bossom. Loss: Malone. Save: None. HR: (MEM) Mott 3B: (MEM) Mott 2B: (MEM) Dolfo, Hayden
MEMPHIS - Pounding out 20 hits and 19 runs, the University of Memphis softball team earned two victories in its fall exhibition tournament at the Tiger Softball Complex. The Tigers opened the tournament with a 12-0 win over Northwest Community College and followed with a 7-1 victory over cross-town Southwest Community College.
After missing most of the 2007 season with a leg injury, redshirt freshman Heather Mott led the Tigers in the two games with seven RBI. The shortstop hit two home runs, a triple and scored four runs in a 5-for-6 performance. Freshman pitcher Rayna McClinton went a perfect 3-for-3 against SWCC with two doubles and two RBI, and freshman Kim Sirman finished 3-for-6 on the day with an RBI and two runs scored.
As a team, Memphis had seven extra base hits, while striking out only three times in 51 at bats. The Tigers out hit their opponents 20-5 in the two games and struck out 11 opponents.
Freshman pitcher Kimber Bossom earned the shutout against NWCC with a six-inning two-hit outing. The right-hander struck out six and allowed one walk. Junior Lyndsey Sterling picked up the victory in the second game against SWCC after allowing one run on three hits with five strike outs.
In game one against Northwest, junior first baseman Leila Dolfo scored the winning run on an RBI triple from Mott in the first inning. The Tigers scored two runs in the first, four in the third and six in the fifth in the 12-0 victory. Mott went 3-for-3 in the game with four RBI and three runs scored and had a three-run homer in the fifth inning to centerfield. Dolfo finished the game with three runs scored, while junior right fielder Brittany Gooch went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Sophomore third baseman Leigh Rowan scored the winning run in the second inning of game two against Southwest on a two-run double by McClinton. The Tigers scored two runs in the second inning, one in the fourth and four in the fifth for the 7-1 victory. Mott hit her second home run of the day to right center in the fourth inning. Memphis had 11 hits in the game with four Tigers collecting multi-hit games; McClinton (3-for-3), Leandra Hines (2-for-3), Sirman (2-for-4) and Mott (2-for-3).
Memphis will complete its fall tournament on Sunday and will face Henderson State at 10 a.m. followed by cross-town Christian Brothers at noon. The tournament is free to the public, but fans are asked to wear pink and to make a donation to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation and its Passionately Pink for the cure program. Fans making a $5 donation will receive a Passionately Pink for the Cure lapel pin.