@MemphisSoftball Hosts Lipscomb in Autism Awareness Game
March 25, 2014
MEMPHIS - The University of Memphis softball team will "Glow It Up Blue" in support of autism awareness on Wednesday when it hosts a single game with Lipscomb at 5 p.m. at the Tigers Softball Complex.
The first 150 fans will receive a glow stick to be lit during a special fourth-inning ceremony. Admission to the game is free, but the team will be accepting donations to benefit the Autism Society of the Mid-South.
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Senior first baseman Libby Goranson helped organize the event in support of her younger brother, Ryan, who is autistic. Last October, the team raised over $1,000 in its participation in Walk Now for Autism Speaks.
"I just saw this as a great opportunity," Goranson said. "I actually came up with the idea a few years ago but I felt like since this is my last year I really wanted to do something that was going to impact people other than just the people at this university."
Memphis (13-17, 0-3 The American) looks to snap a season-long five-game losing streak. Three of the Tigers last five games have been decided by a run and Memphis is 3-8 this year in one-run games.
Lipscomb (26-5, 8-3 Atlantic Sun) ranks No. 30 in the latest RPI and have been receiving votes in the national top 25 polls. The Bisons rank 25th in the country in batting with a .317 average and also rank ninth nationally in scoring (6.83 runs per game) and 21st in doubles per game (1.59 average).
The team is led offensively by junior third baseman Paige Neely who is hitting .407 with 31 runs scored, 23 RBI and 13 extra base hits. Lipscomb features seven players with 16 or more RBI. In comparison, the Tigers have just one (Brittany Vaughn - 20). Senior first baseman Kristen Sturdivant, a native of Bartlett (St. Benedict of Auburndale), leads Lipscomb with 31 RBI and ranks 45th nationally in RBI Per Game (1.07).
In the circle, the Bisons are led by senior southpaw Ashley Anderson. Sporting a perfect 11-0 record, Anderson leads the team with a 1.52 ERA and has struck out 59 batters while walking 26 in 87.2 innings. Senior RHP Heather Parker (7-3, 2.95 ERA) and sophomore RHP Tanner Sanders (8-2, 3.60 ERA) have split the remainder of the team's innings.
Memphis saw its batting average dip a little this past week after hitting .149 as a team in its last five games. The Tigers are hitting .246 on the season and rank seventh in the American Athletic Conference. Freshman outfielder Lindsay Crowdus continues to lead the team and the conference in batting average with a .407 mark. She also leads the nation for the second-straight week in triples with six and triples per game with a 0.22 average.
The Tigers scored just two runs in its five games last week and had a stretch of 33 scoreless innings snapped in the seventh inning of the final game in a three-game series at UCF. Crowdus also leads the team in runs scored with 18.
Junior Jordan Richwood (1-1, 4.20 ERA) is coming off a couple of strong outings in the circle. The RHP did not allow a run in seven innings last week and struck out four with one walk. Senior RHP Ellen Roberts (7-9) leads the team in ERA with a 2.59 clip and has 78 strikeouts in 97.1 innings pitched.
Following the game with Lipscomb, Memphis will travel to Connecticut for its second conference series. The Tigers will play three games at UConn (5-20, 0-3) beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday.