Memphis Splits with Central Arkansas to End Fall Season
Oct. 20, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis softball team split its doubleheader against the University of Central Arkansas, with a first game win (2-0) and a second game loss in the eighth inning (4-3).
Defensively on the day, Ellen Roberts, a major impact in the first game, threw a complete game shutout with eight strikeouts and one hit against the Sugar Bears. She earned the decision in both games, entering game two in relief in the seventh inning. The Tigers' defense threw out a runner at home to keep UCA scoreless in game one.
"I thought Ellen threw a good game and gave us an opportunity to win," said head coach Natalie Poole. "I thought we did a good job of doing two-out hitting, which was good for us. But, I thought overall today we didn't do a good job of moving runners when we needed to."
Ashleigh King, Lelani Bernardino and Libby Goranson had some game-changing at bats. In game one, King had two hits and an RBI. Bernardino doubled in two RBI to cut UCA's lead in the 3rd inning of the second game. Goranson was a big name throughout the day with a single for an RBI in game one and bringing in the tying run in the sixth during game two.
"We had a few defensive errors that hurt us," Poole said. "We didn't play the best ball and make the best decisions in the second game."
Pitching game two for the Tigers, Jordan Richwood was able to hold the Bears scoreless after giving up the first three runs in the first and second innings.
"Jordan kept us in the ballgame and gave us a shot to win," Poole said.
Runners stranded on base proved to be costly in game two.
Memphis finishes its fall exhibition schedule with a 5-3 record. The Tigers will begin its 2013 schedule in February.