No. 9 Oklahoma Hosts Tigers and North Texas in Two Day Tournament
Feb. 28, 2008
For Immediate Release
NORMAN, Okla. - Having won eight of its last 10 games, the University of Memphis softball team takes a three-game winning streak to the University of Oklahoma to compete in the Residence Inn Invitational beginning Saturday.
Memphis (8-5) will play both North Texas (5-9) and No. 9/10 Oklahoma (13-4) twice in the two day tournament at Marita Hynes Field at the OU Softball Complex. The Tigers begin the tournament against the Mean Green of the Sun Belt Conference on Saturday at 12:15 p.m., followed by the Sooners of the Big 12 at 4:45 p.m. The U of M plays both schools for the first time in the program's history.
All of the games in the Residence Inn Invitational will have live stats through GameTracker. Links can be found at GoTigersGo.com. In addition, live video is available for both of the Memphis-Oklahoma games. The live video is available to Memphis All-Access subscribers.
The Sooners, who are coming off a 8-0 Wednesday victory over Conference USA foe Tulsa, are the second team Memphis will face in the top 10 this season and third in the top 25. The U of M lost to then No. 13/13 Florida State, 7-0, and No. 4/5 Arizona State earlier in the year. The Tigers are 0-7 all-time against top 25 teams, but the U of M beat two teams last season that later spent time on the top 25.
Last week Memphis finished second in its second annual Blues City Classic with a 3-1 record. The only loss was a 2-1 defeat to tournament champion Morehead State. The Tigers beat Southeast Missouri, 3-1; Alabama A&M, 6-0; and Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 16-2. Junior Leila Dolfo, senior Melissa Nance and freshman Janelle Valle were named to the all-tournament team.
The Tigers hit at least three home runs in two of the four games last week and the team has done it in four of the last six. As a team, Memphis hit eight home runs in the four days and totals 17 on the season for a 1.3 average per game. The Tigers hit a program record four home runs against Alabama A&M with four different players going yard. The Tigers then hit three against Arkansas-Pine Bluff with all of them coming in the second inning and two being hit by Dolfo.
Memphis scored 13 runs in the second inning against UAPB on 10 hits. Dolfo totaled five RBI in the inning. The 16 runs in the game ranks fourth all-time in Memphis history as do the 17 hits and 13 RBI.