Memphis Opens Conference USA Play at UTEP
March 5, 2009
For Immediate Release
EL PASO, Texas - The University of Memphis softball team opens up Conference USA play with a three-game series at UTEP beginning Saturday. The Tigers will play a doubleheader against the Miners at Helen of Troy Field at 3 and 5 p.m. (MST) and then close the series on Sunday at noon.
Following the series with UTEP, Memphis will travel from El Paso to Hawaii on Monday for a week to compete in the Chevron Spring Fling Tournament hosted by the University of Hawaii. The Tigers will play six games in the tournament, including a match-up against No. 10 California, during the team's Spring Break.
Memphis head coach Windy Thees is one win away from victory No. 100 at Memphis. In her fourth year with the U of M since starting the program in 2006, Thees has compiled a 99-89 record. She is 262-181 all-time through nine seasons overall.
Memphis has recorded 10 or more hits in four of the last five games. The Tigers began the stretch with a season high 16 hits in game one of a doubleheader with Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The U of M then had 10 hits in game two, 10 hits against UMKC and 15 hits in game two against Central Arkansas. Memphis has had 10 hits or more in seven games this season and is 6-1 in those games.
The Tigers are 6-2 all-time against the Miners and swept the season three-game series last year in Memphis. The U of M is 1-2 all-time in El Paso with the only previous visit coming during the 2007 season. The Tigers won the opening game, but fell in the final two contests. Memphis is 5-0 against UTEP at home. The Tigers have a 41-28 all-time scoring advantage against the Miners.
Memphis enters the weekend after sweeping a doubleheader with Central Arkansas on Wednesday, winning 5-2 and 9-1. Senior Leila Dolfo had five RBI in the two games and freshman Lelani Bernardino knocked in three runs. Sophomore pitchers Kimber Bossom and Janelle Valle both had two-hit victories.
Last week, Memphis began with a midweek doubleheader sweep at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, outscoring the Lady Lions 18-3 in the two games. The Tigers allowed just three hits in the two games. The U of M then hosted its third annual Blues City Classic that was cut short due to weather. Memphis played just one game in the tournament, a 9-4 loss to UMKC.
Dolfo moved up one spot to tie for seventh place among the C-USA Career Doubles Leaders with Sarah Martz (DePaul, 2001-04). The first baseman hit her 46th career double against Central Arkansas to move up on the all-time list. The infielder has four doubles on the year.
All three games of the series against UTEP can be followed through live stats provided by CBS College Sports GameTracker. Live streaming video is also available to Memphis All-Access subscribers. Links to the live broadcasts can be found at GoTigersGo.com.