MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis softball opens the home schedule as hosts of a doubleheader against the Jackson State Lady Tigers on Wednesday afternoon at Tiger Softball Complex.
The first game will start at 2:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday afternoon and the second game will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opening contest. Admission is FREE for all fans to games at Tiger Softball Complex this season.
The Last Meeting
April 16, 2013
@MemphisSoftball Drops Extra Inning Battle to Central Arkansas
For the second-straight week the University of Memphis softball team found itself on the wrong end of a 1-0 midweek extra-inning game. The Tigers (20-29) fell 1-0 in 10 innings to Central Arkansas (28-15) on Tuesday evening at the Tigers Softball Complex.
Memphis Coasts to Two Victories at UAPB
The University of Memphis softball team swept a doubleheader at Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Thursday, winning 15-2 and 3-1.The Tigers (8-7) collected 26 hits in the two games compared to three by the Lady Lions.
Jackson State swept a doubleheader over Memphis in Jackson, Miss. last season, winning 6-2 and 11-3 on Feb. 26, 2013. The two schools had not met prior to last season's two games.
Memphis has a 6-2 record all-time in home openers and a 1-1 record in home openers under head coach Natalie Poole. The Tigers hold a 79-59 record all-time at home.
Wednesday's doubleheader is just the start of a busy three days for Memphis. The Tigers are back on the road on Thursday and Friday, traveling to Central Arkansas and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Memphis plays at UCA on Thursday, Mar. 13 at 5:00 p.m. CT, and then squares off against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a doubleheader on Friday, Mar. 14 starting a 1:00 p.m.
Memphis vs. This Week's Opponents
Memphis is 0-2 all-time against the Jackson State Lady Tigers. Jackson State won two games against Memphis, 6-2 and 11-3, on Mar. 26, 2013 in Jackson, Miss.
Memphis is 4-1 all-time against Central Arkansas. Central Arkansas' single win in the series came last year, a 1-0 win on April 16, 2013.
Memphis is 3-0 all-time against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The two programs have not played each other since 2009.
The Tigers are 37-4 all-time against SWAC opponents (Jackson State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff are SEAC members), and 7-3 all-time against the Southland Conference (Central Arkansas is in the Southland).
Scouting the Jackson State Lady Tigers
The Lady Tigers have a 5-16 record so far in 2014. Jackson State has wins over UT Martin, Butler, UMKC, Belhaven and SIU-Edwardsville. The team enters Wednesday's games on a nine-game losing streak.
Lauren Aikens leads the Lady Tigers with a .328 batting average (19-for-58), 12 RBI and 24 total bases.
Breea Jamerson and Kelsey Townsend have each made double-digit appearances in the circle. Jamerson has a 2-5 record with a 3.00 ERA in 10 appearances. Townsend is 3-10 with a 6.62 ERA, and has made 18 appearances and 13 starts.
Scouting the Central Arkansas Bears
Central Arkansas has a 10-15 record so far in 2014. The Bears are 3-3 at Farris Field, their home facility, this season. UCA went 1-3 at the 2014 Central Arkansas Invitational from Feb. 21-23, and then swept a doubleheader over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Feb. 26. The Bears opened conference play last weekend, winning two out of three games on the road against Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
Briana Whisenhunt leads the Bears with a .413 (26-for-63) average. Three players, Sarah Bigej (14), Sam Forrest (18) and Jessie Taylor (20), have 14 or more runs batted in this season.
Three pitchers have made more than 10 appearances for the Bears. Kylee Studioso is 6-4 with a 3.48 ERA in 17 appearances. Ciara Clampitt is 2-6 with a 3.68 ERA in 11 appearances, and Kayla Gomness has a 1-4 record with a 5.25 ERA in 13 outings.
Scouting the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions
Arkansas-Pine Bluff is 3-14 so far in 2014. The Golden Lions have wins over Drexel (10-9 on Feb. 21), Saint Louis (3-2 on Mar. 7) and North Carolina A&T (4-1) on Mar. 8.
Friday's doubleheader against Memphis will be the first home games of the season for the Golden Lions.
Last Weekend in DeLand...
Memphis finished 1-3 at the 2014 Stetson Classic last weekend in DeLand, Fla.
Stetson defeated Memphis 8-0 in 5 innings to open the event on Friday, Mar. 7. The Hatters jumped out to an early lead behind three home runs in the first two innings of the contest. Lindsay Crowdus had the only hit for Memphis in the contest.
A late rally gave South Dakota a 2-1 win over Memphis on Saturday morning March 8. The Coyotes scored one run in the sixth inning and one run in the seventh to win. Freshman Christian Novak was the hard-luck loser for Memphis after taking a perfect game into the sixth inning. Calli Irvin delivered an RBI single to give Memphis an early 1-0 lead, but the Tigers could not hold on.
Stetson claimed a 9-7 victory over Memphis on Saturday afternoon. The Hatters took a 9-2 lead into the fifth inning before Memphis scored a run in the fifth and four runs in the sixth. Crowdus and Cierra Mangum each had three hits, and Ellen Roberts finished with two RBI in the loss.
Memphis picked up their first shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over Bethune-Cookman on Sunday, Mar. 9. Roberts pitched a complete game and allowed just three hits in the victory. Crowdus added three more hits and Irvin finished with two hits and two runs scored for the Tigers.
Crowdus was named to the American Athletic Conference's Weekly "Honor Roll" for her performance in DeLand last weekend. The freshman center fielder hit .571 (8-for-14) in the four games.
Crowdus and senior Kelly Braman were also named to the Stetson Classic All-Tournament Team. Braman batted .444 (4-for-9) at the event with two RBI and two runs scored.
Memphis will be playing at Tiger Softball Complex for the first time in 2014 this Wednesday.
The Tigers welcome the Jackson State Lady Tigers to Memphis on Mar. 12. The two squads will square off in a double-header starting at 2:00 p.m. CT.
Last season, Memphis finished 6-12 at Tiger Softball Complex. The Tigers have an all-time record of 79-59 at home.
The 2007 Tigers finished with a 19-7 home record, the best home record in program history.
The Tigers are 1-1 in home openers under head coach Natalie Poole. Memphis lost 8-1 to Mississippi Valley State on Feb. 21, 2012, and then defeated Missouri State 5-3 on Mar. 12, 2013.
Then Back on the Road...
After Wednesday's home doubleheader against Jackson State, the Tigers are back on the road to close out the week.
Memphis travels to Conway, Ark. to take on Central Arkansas on Thursday, and then heads to Pine Bluff, Ark. for a doubleheader against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions on Friday.
Playing With A Lead
Memphis has scored in the first or second inning in seven of the team's nine wins so far this season.
Memphis is 8-4 when they score first and 1-7 when the opponent opens the scoring.
An Early Impact
Several of the Memphis freshmen have made quite an impact so far in 2014.
Brittany Vaughn has played shortstop and hit third in the order in every game so far this year. The Bowling Green, Ky. native reached base in the first 16 Tigers games. Vaughn is third on the team with a .308 (16-for-52) batting average, and leads the Tigers with four doubles and 13 runs batted in.
Lindsay Crowdus, who has played center field and hit leadoff in 17 games, leads the team with a .431 average (25-for-58) so far in 2014. She also leads the Tigers in hits (25), triples (3), and total bases (21).
In the circle, Christian Novak holds a 3-4 record and a 2.66 ERA. Novak has allowed 18 runs in 47.1 innings pitched to go with 32 strikeouts. She is second on the team in wins so far in 2014.
Calli Irvin has seen time in the circle, at designated player and at first base. Irvin is hitting .295 (13-for- 44) and leads the team with three home runs so far this season.
Haleigh Ross is fourth on the team with six RBI and hit her first collegiate home run on Feb. 21 against Morehead State.