Softball Splits Doubleheader with Austin Peay
Oct. 7, 2012
Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Memphis softball team split its first away series of the fall season, falling 8-7 to Austin Peay in 10 innings before coming back to take game two, 3-1.
On the night, Ashleigh King and Lelani Bernardino led the charge for the Tigers as King recorded four hits, while Bernardino had three. In the circle, Sara Pearson and Jordan Richwood finished with seven strikeouts in game one before Ellen Roberts fanned three in the second game, not allowing an earned run.
The Tigers will return to action on Tuesday when they play Christian Brothers at 4 p.m. at CBU.
Down 5-1 in the seventh, Memphis scored four runs to tie Austin Peay in game one and send the contest to extra innings before falling 8-7 in the bottom of the 10th.
The Tigers scored two runs in the top of the ninth to take a 7-5 lead, but the Lady Govs answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame and the walk-off winner an inning later.
King led Memphis with a 4-for-4 game, driving in two runs and scoring once. Bernardino went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, and Laura Curtis drove in two runs with two runs scored on a pair of doubles.
Pearson pitched the first four innings and was relieved by Richwood with no outs in the bottom of the fifth. Pearson struck out seven and allowed one earned run on four hits. Richwood suffered the loss in the circle, giving up two earned runs on four hits in six innings of work with seven strikeouts.
The Tigers gave up a pair of unearned runs on a passed ball and an error in the bottom of the third to give Austin Peay an early 2-0 lead. APSU added two more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, as Memphis fell behind 5-1 heading into the seventh inning.
Memphis scored four runs on five hits in the top of the seventh to tie the game, scoring three of the runs with two outs. Curtis drove in the first run with a double down the left line and later scored on a wild pitch. Bernardino drove in the third run on a double to deep center, and Ijiah Hargrove tied the game with an infield bloop single in front of second base that scored Bernardino from second.
The Tigers then took its first lead in the game in the top off the ninth. With the international tie-breaker rule in effect in extra innings, both teams started with a runner at second. Curtis delivered the go-ahead run with her second-straight double and would put Memphis up 7-5 on a double by King.
Austin Peay countered in the bottom of the ninth with two runs. Paige Neely drove in the first run with a single through the right side and scored from first on a double to right center by Kayla Davidson. The relay home by the Tigers just missed retiring Neely at the plate, with the tag ruled after the slide.
With two outs and a runner on third in the bottom of the 10th, the Tigers looked to have escaped the inning when Morgan Brewer popped the ball up high to shallow center. But Bernardino first broke back in center and was unable to recover as the ball fell for a game-winning single.
Brewer earned the victory for the Lady Govs in the circle. She allowed seven runs on 14 hits with four strikeouts in 10 innings.
Neely led APSU at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. Davidson, Brewer and Mel Pavel also had a pair of hits in the game for Austin Peay.Game Two
Memphis earned a 3-1 victory over Austin Peay in game two.
After four scoreless innings of play, the Tigers got on the board first in the fifth inning with a walk by Morgan Mosby to start the inning. Kelly Braman would take first after getting hit by a pitch before a Georganna Goodwin single through the left side loaded the bases for Jaye Smith. A walk by Smith would give the Tigers a 1-0 lead with no outs. Bernardino helped the Tigers plate another in the inning with a groundout to second base, scoring Breslin Perry for a 2-0 advantage after five.
Memphis added its third run of the game in the sixth inning with Libby Goranson leading off with a double that hit high on the center field wall. A single by Mosby to right center would bring pinch runner Hargrove around for a 3-0 lead.
Austin Peay threatened in the seventh inning with a leadoff single to right field. A passed ball and another single by the Lady Govs drove in their first run of the game. With two outs and runners on first and second, Hannah Harrell prevented a tie game with a laid out catch in left field on a hard-hit lined shot to give the Tigers a 3-1 win.
Roberts allowed six hits and struck out three in a complete game effort, allowing one unearned run. Memphis was led at the plate by Goranson, Mosby, Goodwin and Roberts, who all finished with one hit apiece.
Lauren deCastro suffered the loss for Austin Peay, allowing three runs on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Kolbi Ruppert led the Lady Govs, finishing 2-for-3 at the plate.