Memphis Hosts Marshall in Conference Home Opener
Go Tigers! Freshman Jordan Richwood and the Tigers host a three-game series with Marshall on Saturday and Sunday.
Go Tigers!
Freshman Jordan Richwood and the Tigers host a three-game series with Marshall on Saturday and Sunday.
Go Tigers!

March 16, 2012

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Live Coverage
Mar. 17 vs Marshall 4:00 pm (CT) GameTracker Blog TV: Fox Sports Network
Mar. 17 vs. Marshall 6:00 pm (CT) GameTracker Blog Watch
Mar. 18 vs. Marshall 12:00 pm (CT) GameTracker Blog Watch

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis softball team (6-19) opens up its home Conference USA schedule with a three-game series against Marshall on Saturday and Sunday. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. and close with a noon contest on Sunday.

All fans wearing BLUE can purchase tickets for $2. Children in youth team jerseys get in free. Single game tickets can be purchased at the gate for $5 for adults 13 and up. Senior citizens and youth ages 6-12 are $3. Children ages 5 and under and U of M students with ID are Free.

Tigers Make TV Debut
Memphis will make its softball television debut on Saturday with the first game of a doubleheader with Marshall being televised on the Fox Sports Network at 4 p.m. Tracy Warren will be calling the play-by-play with Bruce Howard providing the color analyst. The game will also be on several of the Fox Network channels. Check your local listing to find which one is broadcasting the game in your area.

Stations that will carry the game live
Fox Sports Arizona
Fox Sports Florida (Non Panthers)
Fox Sports Midwest (Non Blues)
Fox Sports North (Plus)
Fox Sports Ohio
Fox Sports South
Root Sports (Pittsburgh Region)

Stations that will carry the game tape delayed
Fox Sports Detroit (Plus) - Saturday 3/17/2012 - 8 p.m. (ET)
Fox Sports Houston - Monday 3/19/2012 - 1 p.m. (CT)
Fox Sports Southwest - Monday 3/19/2012 - 1 p.m. (CT)
Fox Sports West - Sunday 3/18/2012 - 1 p.m. (PT)

Memphis Quick Hits

  • Memphis is 2-8 in its last 10 games and has lost 17 of its last 21 contests. 
  • Junior shortstop Morgan Mosby leads the team with a .350 batting average and has seven RBI and eight runs scored. Mosby hit .500 in five games last week, including a career best 4-for-4 performance in game two against UAB. 
  • Senior first baseman Jessica Phillips leads the team with 14 RBI and five doubles. 
  • Senior second baseman Alyssa Palmieri leads the team with two triples and had a career best four RBI against Alcorn State. 
  • Sophomore Ellen Roberts leads the team with a 3.59 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 78 innings pitched. 
  • The Tigers are hitting .389 with the bases loaded (7-of-18). 
  • Freshman pitcher Jordan Richwood is leading the team with a 7.73 strikeouts per game average. 
  • Morgan Mosby leads the team with eight multiple hit games, while Jessica Phillips is the leader with five multiple RBI contests.

Live Coverage
All of the Tigers’ games this week can be followed through live stats provided by CBS College Sports GameTracker and through a live blog. Live video provided by Memphis Tiger Vision is also available for the games two and three. Links to the live coverage can be found at

Last Week
Memphis went 1-4 last week with a midweek doubleheader split at Alcorn State and were swept in a three-game series at UAB to open the Conference USA season. Memphis lost all three games to UAB by two runs or less and allowed no more than four runs in a game.

This Week
Memphis defeated UT Martin 3-1 on Wednesday. The Tigers scored three runs on three hits and three errors in the fourth inning to snap a four-game losing streak. Ellen Roberts allowed one run on five hits with five strikeouts for her fourth victory of the season. Laura Curtis hit her first career home run and Jessica Phillips had an RBI double.

On Deck
Memphis will hit the road again for a five-game stretch. The Tigers will play a midweek doubleheader at Samford in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, March 20, and then travel to Houston for a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25.

Marshall Quick Hits

  • Marshall leads the nation in stolen bases with 72 steals in 83 attempts. The Herd is averaging 3.27 steals per game. Junior OF Ashley Gue leads the team with 16, while junior OF Taylor Thompson and senior OF Jessica Hughes each have 14. 
  • Marshall has three players in the top 26 in the nation in stolen bases. Ashley Gue ranks 12th with a 0.73 average per game (16-for-17), Jessica Hughes is 19th at 0.67 (14-for-15) and Taylor Thompson is 26th at 0.64 (14-for-14). 
  • Senior SS Alianna Telles ranks 16th nationally in doubles per game with a 0.41 average (9). 
  • The Herd won a three-gamer series at home against Houston last week, sweeping the opening doubleheader 5-2 and 1-0 and falling 3-2 in the final game. 
  • Marshall is hitting .286 as a team with senior OF Melissa Loesing leading the team with a .424 average. 
  • Junior 3B Jazmine Valle, the sister of Memphis alum Janelle Valle, leads the team with 17 RBI and four home runs. 
  • Junior OF Ashley Gue leads the team with 16 runs scored. 
  • Junior P Andi Williams leads the pitching staff with a 8-6 record and has a 1.92 ERA with 91 strikeouts in 73 innings with 40 walks. The Thundering Herd have a team ERA of 2.65 and average 6.09 strikeouts per game.

History Versus Marshall
Memphis is 5-12 all-time against Marshall and owns a three-game winning streak against the Thundering Herd. The Tigers have won four of the last five games. Last year, the U of M swept a weather shortened two-game series at Marshall, winning the first game 10-3 and the second 7-4. Jessica Phillips hit her 11th home run of the season in the first game and went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Ashleigh King went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the game. In game two, Phillips went 2-for-4.

Marshall (5-12)
4-29-2006 H NR L 5-9
4-29-2006 H NR W 7-2
4-30-2006 H NR L 1-3
4-21-2007 A NR L 3-5
4-21-2007 A NR L 4-5
4-22-2007 A NR L 1-3
5-11-2007 N NR L 0-1
3-10-2008 H NR L 2-13
3-10-2008 H NR L 3-8
4-4-2009 A NR L 2-6
4-4-2009 A NR L 2-3
4-5-2009 A NR L 3-4
4-2-2010 H NR W 5-4
4-2-2010 H NR L 2-4
4-3-2010 H NR W (8) 2-1
4-9-2011 A NR W 10-3
4-9-2011 A NR W 7-4

C-USA Home Openers
Memphis is 5-10 all-time in home Conference USA series openers. Last year, the Tigers won one of three games against Houston. This week’s series marks the second time Memphis has had its home conference opener against Marshall. The other time came in 2008 with the Herd sweeping a weather shortened two-game series.

C-USA Openers (5-10)
2006 Mar. 18          UTEP              2-0
2007 Mar. 24-25     Houston         1-2
2008 Mar. 10          Marshall         0-2
2009 Mar. 21-22     Tulsa             0-3
2010 Mar. 20-21     UTEP             2-1
2011 Mar. 19-20    Houston         1-2

Excelling as the Leadoff Hitter
Leading off an inning, junior shortstop Morgan Mosby is batting .519 (14-for-27). She recently moved into the leadoff position in the lineup. As a team, Memphis leadoff hitters are batting .376.

The Hunter Needs Ducks on the Pond
Senior first baseman Jessica Phillips is hitting .379 with runners on base, but only .171 with the bases empty. The Chattanooga native has also been the team’s best clutch hitter with two outs. Of Phillips’ 14 RBI, 12 of them have been two-out RBI.

The 10 K Club Three
Memphis pitchers have struck out 10 or more in a game this season and all three performances have come in losses. Most recently, freshman Jordan Richwood struck out 10 against Alcorn State in a 3-0 loss. Sophomore Ellen Roberts struck out 10 in a 3-2 loss to Northern Iowa. Junior Carly Hummel struck out a season high 11 in a 1-0 loss to Missouri State. Hummel has had 11 10+strikeout games in her three year career and holds the school record with 19 K’s against Texas A&M last season.

Double-Digit Hits
Memphis had a season high 12 hits in the second game against UAB in a 4-3 loss. The Tigers have recorded 10 hits or more in six games this season, but only two of those games were wins (Jacksonville State-11 and Western Illinois-11). The other three games were losses against Idaho State-11, BYU-10 and Indiana-10.



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