March 23, 2012
Memphis Week 7 Game Notes
HOUSTON, Texas -- The University of Memphis softball team (7-23, 0-6 C-USA) travels to the University of Houston (15-13, 4-2 C-USA) for a three-game conference series on Saturday and Sunday. The two teams will play a doubleheader at the Cougar Softball Stadium on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. and then close with a noon contest on Sunday.
Memphis Quick Hits
- Memphis is batting .421 with the bases loaded. The Tigers are 8-for-19 with 19 RBI when batting with bases juiced.
- Senior Jessica Phillips is hitting .583 with 12 RBI (7-for-12) with runners in scoring position.
- Freshman Jordan Richwood has a 0.78 ERA in conference play. She is 0-1 with 15 strikeouts and four walks in 18.0 innings.
- Morgan Mosby went 7-for-9 against Samford to raise her batting average to a team best .367. The junior shortstop has two four-hit games this season, which ties for second in school history for most hits in a game. She also has 10 multiple hit games.
- Freshman Sara Pearson became the second Tiger this season to have her first collegiate hit be a home run. Pearson hit a two-run shot against Samford. Freshman Kassy Dunn is the other. Her first hit was a two-run dinger against Mississippi State in the opening week.
All of the Tigers' games this week can be followed through live stats provided by CBS College Sports GameTracker. 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 GoTigersGo.com.
Memphis went 1-3 last week. The Tigers beat UT Martin in a midweek contest, 3-1. Marshall then swept a three-game series in Memphis, winning all three by shutout. The first two games of the series were both 1-0 losses.
Memphis split a doubleheader with Samford on Tuesday. The Tigers broke out for a season high 14 hits and 11 runs to win game one, 11-4. Sophomore Amber Lindahl hit a grand slam and freshman Sara Pearson had a two-run homer. Memphis lost the second game, 5-0. Junior Morgan Mosby went 7-for-9 in the two games.
Memphis will return home after the week for five games. The Tigers host a midweek doubleheader with Murray State on Wednesday at 4 and 6 p.m. and then host a three-game league series with Southern Miss on Saturday and Sunday.
Houston Quick Hits
- Houston is 5-5 in its last 10 games but has won five straight. The Cougars swept UTEP at home last week by a combined score of 21-3.
- The Cougars rank 39th in the nation in batting average with a .306 mark and 30th in home runs per game with 0.93.
- Sophomore Haley Outon is 27th in the nation in home runs with eight.
- Houston senior outfielder Kelly Lindley is a former player of Coach Natalie Poole. Lindley played her freshman and sophomore seasons in 2009-10 at McNeese State for Poole.
- Preseason All-C-USA Player of the Year Melissa Gregson leads the team with a .373 batting average with three home runs, 17 RBI and 13 runs scored.
- Sophomore Haley Outon leads the team with eight home runs and has 25 RBI to tie junior Holly Anderson for the team lead.
- Sophomore Diedre Outon and r-sophomore Bailey Watts have received the majority of the work in the circle. Outon is 4-3 with a 2.30 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 67.0 innings pitched. Bailey is 7-4 with a 2.44 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 63.0 innings of work.
- Against common opponents with Memphis, Houston is 2-2. Houston beat UNLV 11-7 and lost two of three games at Marshall.
History Versus Houston
Memphis is 6-13 all-time against Houston and 1-9 all-time at Cougar Stadium. The lone win on the road at Houston came in the first game between the two schools in 2006. The Tigers are 4-6 in the last 10 meetings with all four wins coming in Memphis. The U of M's only series win came in a three-game sweep at home in 2009. Senior Nikki Moreno was named the Conference USA Hitter of the Week after the series during her freshman season. Last year, Memphis won the final game of the series after losing both games of a doubleheader at home. Carly Hummel threw a one-hit, 2-0 shutout for the victory. Memphis was outscored 3-15 in the series.
5-6-2006 A NR W 6-3
5-6-2006 A NR L 4-5
5-7-2006 A NR L 1-3
3-24-2007 H NR L 1-5
3-24-2007 H NR W 2-1
3-25-2007 H NR L 3-15
3-29-2008 A #11 L 0-8
3-29-2008 A #11 L 1-7
3-30-2008 A #11 L 0-3
5-8-2008 A #9 L 1-9
4-10-2009 H NR W 5-3
4-10-2009 H NR W 11-3
4-11-2009 H NR W (8) 3-2
4-10-2010 A NR L 0-4
4-10-2010 A NR L 4-7
4-11-2010 A NR L 4-7
3-19-2011 H NR L 1-7
3-19-2011 H NR L 0-8
3-20-2011 H NR W 2-0
A "Grand" First-Career Home Run
Memphis catcher Amber Lindahl hit her first-career home run against Samford in the seventh inning of a one-run game. The home run, a bases-loaded shot that went well over the centerfield wall, happened to be just the sixth grand slam in program history. Lindahl is the only Tiger whose first home run was a grand slam.
Freshman pitcher Sara Pearson followed Lindahl's blast with a two-run shot of her own against Samford. Pinch-hitting for Ijiah Hargrove in the top of the seventh against Samford, Pearson connected on the first pitch she saw and drove it over the right-center wall. The home run was not only Pearson's first-career homer, it was her first career hit. She is the second Tiger this season to have her first hit be a home run. Freshman Kassy Dunn's first hit was a two-run home run against Mississippi State.
Hitting Slump Stymied
In the doubleheader against Samford, Memphis collected 11 runs on 19 hits. In its last eight games prior to the Samford doubleheader, the U of M only plated seven runs. The Tigers also had 19 total hits in its five previous games combined.
Richwood Breaks Through
Despite holding a 3.23 ERA on the season, freshman pitcher Jordan Richwood had yet to earn a victory on the pitching rubber. Richwood's unfortunate start ended against Samford. In the first game of the double-header, Richwood pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless work to earn the first win of her collegiate career. Richwood pitched another scoreless 1.2 innings in the second game to lower her ERA on the season to 2.98.