@MemphisSoftball Tournament Preview: 2014 Blues City Classic (Feb. 21-23)
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Feb. 20, 2014

  Memphis (4-5, 0-0) - 7th Annual Blues City Classic
  Friday-Sunday, February 21-23  | Greenbrook Park/Southaven, Miss.
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Morehead State Missouri State SEMO

vs Morehead State (1-4)
Friday, February 21
5:00 pm CT 

vs Missouri State (6-2)
Saturday, February 22
5:00 pm CT 
vs Southeast Missouri (3-2)
Sunday, February 23
12:00 pm CT 
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis softball team returns home this weekend as hosts of the seventh annual Blues City Classic at Greenbrook Park in Southaven, Miss.

Memphis (4-5) is coming off a 3-2 finish at the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational last weekend in Lafayette, La. The Tigers picked up two victories over Boston College and a win over Valparaiso over the weekend. The two setbacks came against tough competition, as No. 4 Michigan and No. 20 Louisiana defeated Memphis during the event.

Freshman outfielder Lindsay Crowdus hit .471 with four runs scored and three runs batted in over the weekend, and was named to the Ragin' Cajuns Invitational All-Tournament team. Through nine games in 2014, Crowdus leads the Tigers with a .448 (13-for-29) batting average.

In the circle, Ellen Roberts and Christian Novak each picked up wins over the weekend and both pitchers now have two victories each for the season.

Memphis welcomes 10 teams to Greenbrook Park in Southaven, Miss., for this year's Blues City Classic. A total of 24 games will be played over the weekend, and admission is free for all contests.

The Tigers will play one game each day. Friday night, the Tigers face off against the Morehead State Eagles (1-4) before facing the Missouri State Bears (6-2) on Saturday evening. First pitch for the Tigers' Friday and Saturday games is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

Memphis concludes the event on Sunday with a game at noon against the SEMO Redhawks (3-2).

More information about the tournament, including a schedule, live stats, a live blog and live video throughout the weekend can be found here: http://www.gotigersgo.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/2014-blues-city-softbl-tourney.html

Seventh Annual Blues City Classic

  • Memphis hosts the Seventh Annual Blues City Classic from Feb. 21-23 at Greenbrook Park in Southaven, Miss.
  • The Tigers host 10 other teams in the tournament
    • Alabama A&M
    • Appalachian State
    • Ball State
    • Evansville
    • Loyola
    • Lipscomb
    • Missouri State
    • Morehead State
    • Murray State
    • SEMO
  • The games are being played across the state line at Greenbrook Park in Southaven, Miss., where the Tigers played their first couple of years in 2006 and 2007 while the Tigers Softball Complex was being constructed.
  • The Blues City Classic was also held at Greenbrook Park in 2007, 2008 and 2013.
  • Last year, the Tigers finished as the top team in the tournament with a 3-0 record. This was the first Blues City Classic title for Memphis.
  • Memphis is 13-8 all-time in the Blues City Classic.
  • Ellen Roberts, Lelani Bernardino and Jordan Richwood (second team) were all named to the Blues City Classic All-Tournament team in 2013.
  • Head coach Natalie Poole led McNeese State to a Blues City Classic Championship in 2010 with a 4-1 mark. The only loss was a 2-1, eight-inning loss to Memphis.

Memphis vs. Blues City Classic Opponents

  • Morehead State holds a 1-0 advantage over Memphis in the all-time series. The Eagles picked up a 2-1 victory over Memphis at the 2008 Blues City Classic in Southaven, Miss. on Feb. 22, 2008. A first inning two-run home run made the difference in the game for Morehead State.
  • The Feb. 22 matchup will be the third all-time between Memphis and Missouri State. All three previous games have been played in Memphis and the Bears hold a 2-1 edge over the Tigers. The two teams split a doubleheader last season in Memphis, and Missouri State picked up a 1-0 win in 2012.
  • Memphis is 6-2 all-time against SEMO, and the Tigers have won the last four meetings. The Tigers have outscored the Redhawks 25-12 in the previous eight contests. Last season, Memphis defeated SEMO 2-1 in the final game of the Blues City Classic on Feb. 24, 2013. Jordan Richwood set a school record for strikeouts in a seven-inning game with 16.

February Softball

  • With the 4-5 start so far in 2014, Memphis now holds a 64-55 all-time record in February.
  • The 2011 team had the best February in program history, finishing the month 12-3.

Playing With A Lead

  • Memphis has scored in the first or second inning in all four of the team's wins so far this season.
  • Memphis is 4-2 when they score first, and 0-3 when the opponent opens the scoring.

An Early Impact

  • The freshman duo of Lindsay Crowdus and Brittany Vaughn have started all nine games for Memphis this season.
  • Crowdus, who has played center field and hit leadoff in all nine games, leads the team with a .448 (13-for-29) so far in 2014. She also leads the Tigers in at-bats (29), hits (13), triples (2), runs batted in (5), total bases (17) and on-base percentage (.515).
  • Vaughn has played shortstop and hit third in the order so far this year. She had a seven-game hitting streak snapped in Lafayette, but has reached base in all nine games this season. Vaughn is second on the team with a .360 (9-for-25) batting average, and leads the Tigers with five runs scored.
  • In the circle, Christian Novak holds a 2-1 record and a 2.80 ERA. Novak has allowed eight runs in 20 innings pitched to go with 16 strikeouts. She is tied for first on the team with Ellen Roberts for wins so far in 2014.

2013 Blues City Classic Recap

  • Memphis won the program's first Blues City Classic title in 2013, finishing the event 3-0. Four teams, UMKC, Samford, Mississippi State and Nicholls State, finished the event with just one loss.
  • The Tigers defeated Indiana State 2-1, Detroit 6-1 and SEMO by a score of 2-1 in last year's event.
  • In Memphis' first game of the 2013 event, the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to defeat Indiana State 2-1. Ellen Roberts pitched a complete game and struck out 11 batters in the victory.
  • Memphis defeated Detroit by a 6-1 margin in the second game. Breslin Perry finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Lelani Bernardino and Morgan Mosby each had a run batted in for the Tigers. Memphis broke the game open with a four-run fourth inning. Ellen Roberts (8) and Jordan Richwood (6) combined for 14 strikeouts in the win.
  • The Tigers pulled out a 2-1 win over SEMO in the event's finale behind a strong effort from Jordan Richwood in the circle. Richwood finished with 16 strikeouts in a complete game effort, and set the program record for most strikeouts in a seven-inning game. Morgan Mosby scored the game-winning run on a throwing error in the bottom of the sixth inning.
  • Ellen Roberts and Lelani Bernardino were each named to the 2013 Blues City Classic All-Tournament First Team. Roberts finished the tournament with a 2-0 record and a 0.64 ERA, while Bernardino hit .375 (3-for-8) with a .545 on-base percentage in the three games.
  • Jordan Richwood was named to the 2013 Blues City Classic All-Tournament Second Team, after finishing with one victory and 22 strikeouts over 10 innings.




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