@MemphisSoftball Concludes Fall Season With Two More Victories
Oct. 6, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis softball team earned two more victories to conclude the fall season on Sunday evening at Tiger Softball Complex. The Tigers defeated Harding 5-1 and then beat Rhodes College 7-1.
Lindsay Crowdus finished 5-for-7 with four RBI in Sunday's games.
In the 5-1 victory over Harding, freshman Calli Irvin pitched a complete game, allowing one run on four hits while striking out five.
After falling behind 1-0, Memphis responded with five runs in the final three innings.
In the bottom of the fifth, Crowdus hit a two-run home run to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead. It was the second home run of the season for the freshman outfielder.
Memphis added two more in the sixth. Breslin Perry led off the inning with a double and Georganna Goodwin followed with a single. Both Perry and Goodwin came around to score on a throwing error by the Harding shortstop later in the inning.
Even with a 4-1 lead in hand, Memphis got the opportunity to hit in the bottom of the seventh inning since the game was being played as an exhibition. Wheeler Hill reached on a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sami Jo Schulz, and came around to score on a double by Crowdus.
Crowdus finished 2-for-4 with three RBI in the game one victory. Breslin Perry finished the game a perfect 3-for-3, while Goodwin and Hill each added two hits.
In Sunday's nightcap, Memphis defeated Rhodes College 7-1. In this game, Christian Novak, another freshman, also went the distance in the circle for the Tigers. Novak allowed just the one run in seven innings of work.
Memphis took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third after a sacrifice fly by Crowdus scored Schulz, who entered as a pinch-runner after Amber Ford reached on a walk.
The Tigers added three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to extend the lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Ellen Roberts gave Memphis a 2-0 lead with an RBI single. Later in the frame, Hannah Harrell stole home on a double steal, and Kelly Braman delivered a sacrifice fly to give Memphis a 4-0 lead.
After Rhodes got a run back in the top of the fifth, Brittany Vaughn started the scoring in the Memphis half of the inning with a two-run double, and then was brought home on a single by Perry. Th.e six-run cushion was more than enough for Novak to finish out the game.
Memphis opens the 2014 spring season with a trip to Troy, Ala. for a non-conference tournament. The Tigers start the season on February 7 against Middle Tennessee.