Week 2 Game Notes
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis softball team is back on the road for a second consecutive weekend to open the 2014 season. The Tigers will travel to Lafayette, La. and will participate in the 2014 Ragin' Cajuns Invitational hosted by the University of Louisiana-Lafayette from Feb. 14-16.
Memphis (1-3) enters play this weekend after finishing 1-3 at the Troy Subway Invitational. The Tigers lost two of those games by just a single run.
Senior outfielder Ijiah Hargrove hit .455 (5-for-11) during the tournament, and was named to the all-tournament team. Hargrove was also named to the American Athletic Conference's weekly "Honor Roll" for her performance last weekend.
Memphis begins play in Louisiana this weekend with an 11:30 game on Friday morning against Boston College. The Tigers then play No. 4 Michigan at 2:00 p.m. Weekend play begins with a Saturday morning game against Boston College, followed by a matchup with tournament host and No. 20 Louisiana at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday evening.
The Tigers conclude play in Lafayette with an 11:30 a.m. contest against Valparaiso on Sunday morning.
This weekend's event will be played at two different venues in Lafayette: Lamson Park on the ULL campus, and Teurlings Catholic High School. The Saturday morning game between Memphis and Boston College will be played at Teurlings Catholic and all other Memphis games will be played at Lamson Park.
More information about the event can be found at http://www.ragincajuns.com/sports/2014/2/13/SB_0213142507.aspx?id=645.
GoTigersGo.com will have live stats, live video and a live blog for all five Memphis contests during the event.
Memphis Schedule - Ragin' Cajuns Invitational
Friday, Feb. 14: Memphis vs. Boston College 11:30 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 14: Memphis vs. #4 Michigan 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15: Memphis vs. Boston College 11:30 a.m. (Teurlings Catholic HS)
Saturday, Feb. 15: Memphis at #20 Louisiana 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16: Memphis vs. Valparaiso 11:30 a.m.
Memphis vs. Ragin' Cajuns Invitational Opponents
- Memphis will face Boston College, Michigan and Valparaiso for the first time in the program's history.
- Memphis is 0-1 all-time against Louisiana. The Ragin' Cajuns beat Memphis 12-1 at The Louisiana Classic in Lafayette, La. on Feb. 11, 2006.
The Tigers in the Pelican State
- The Tigers are participating in an event in Louisiana for the second consecutive season. In 2013, Memphis posted a 1-4 record at the LSU Purple & Gold Challenge in Baton Rouge, La. (Feb. 15-17).
- Memphis has played in the city of Lafayette just one other time in the program's history. The Tigers participated in the Louisiana Classic to open the program's inaugural season (Feb. 11-12, 2006), finishing with a 3-1 record. The sole Memphis loss in the event was a 12-1 setback against No. 18 Louisiana Lafayette on Feb. 11, 2006, the only time the two programs have previously met.
This looks familiar...
- Memphis head coach Natalie Poole and associate head coach Andy Lott return to coach in Louisiana this weekend. Poole, a Baton Rouge, La. native and McNeese State graduate, coached at McNeese State for three seasons (2009-11), with Lott as an assistant coach.
- Memphis assistant coach Roya St. Clair will face off against her alma mater, the Michigan Wolverines, this Friday. St. Clair played under current Michigan coach Carol Hutchins from 2007-10, and was an All- Big Ten All-Conference selection in 2009 and 2010. St. Clair helped the Wolverines advance to the NCAA College World Series in 2009.
Memphis on the Road
- Memphis will play in three more neutral-site events and host the Blues City Classic in Southaven, Miss. to begin the 2014 season.
- The seventh annual Blues City Classic is next weekend (Feb. 21-23) in Southaven, Miss.
- The following weekend, Memphis plays in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic in Gulfport, Miss. from Feb. 28-Mar. 2.
- Memphis plays in its last neutral site event Mar. 7-9 at the Stetson Classic in DeLand, Fla.
Making Their Debuts
- Six of the seven Memphis newcomers made their collegiate debuts at the Troy Subway Invitational last weekend.
- Freshman infielder Sami Jo Schulz is injured and did not play last weekend.
- Freshman Christian Novak started in the circle in the season opening game against Middle Tennessee on Feb. 7. The Nevada, Mo. Native picked up the win in her debut, pitching six innings and allowing just two runs in the 3-2 victory.
- Fellow pitcher Calli Irvin made two appearances in relief during the opening weekend. The Plano, Texas native pitched 1.2 innings in her debut against Kennesaw State on Feb. 8, and also pitched 0.1 innings against Troy that same evening.
- The freshman duo of Lindsay Crowdus and Brittany Vaughn started all four games in Troy. Crowdus, who started in center field and hit leadoff in all four contests, is hitting .417 (5-for-12) so far in 2014. She collected three hits in her collegiate debut against Middle Tennessee on Feb. 7.
- Vaughn played shortstop and hit third over the weekend. The Bowling Green, Ky. native is hitting .333 (4-for-12) with one run batted in so far this season. She also leads the team with two runs scored.
- Anna Thomas and Haleigh Ross each played in three games and made two starts over the weekend. Thomas started both contests at first base, while Ross started one game at catcher and one game at designated player.