March 30, 2012
Memphis Week 8 Game Notes
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The University of Memphis softball team (9-26, 0-9 C-USA) hosts the University of Southern Mississippi (10-18, 2-7 C-USA) for a three-game conference series on Saturday and Sunday. The two teams will play a doubleheader at the Tiger Softball Complex on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. and then close with a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday.
Children wearing their youth team jerseys get into the game free. Tickets at the gate are $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.
Memphis Quick Hits
- Memphis claimed both games against Murray State, its first two-game win streak of the season, on Wednesday.
- Ellen Roberts threw a complete-game no-hitter, the ninth in program history, in the Tigers 1-0 win in the opening game against the Racers. Roberts is only the fourth Tiger to throw a no-hitter.
- Jordan Richwood fanned a career-high 11 batters in a four-hit shutout in the second game.
- Morgan Mosby scored both runs for the Tigers, giving her a team-leading 14 runs scored on the season.
- Mosby (.361, .440) and Jessica Phillips (.349, .406) lead the team in batting with runners on base and with runners in scoring position.
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 and a live blog are also available for the games. Links to the live coverage can be found at GoTigersGo.com.
Memphis posted a 1-4 record last week, splitting a double-header with Samford and getting swept by Conference USA-foe Houston. The Tigers’ bats came alive in the opening game against Houston, scoring 11 runs on 14 hits. But the U of M struggle in the other four games, scoring only one run.
The U of M picked up a pair of 1-run shutout victories against Murray State on Wednesday evening. Ellen Roberts posted a complete-game no-hitter in the opening game, allowing only one runner on a walk in the fifth inning. Jordan Richwood followed with a career-high 11 strikeouts in the second game.
Memphis will have a five-day break between games. The Tigers will travel to Tulsa for a three-game series April 6-7. Saturday’s double-header will begin at 3 p.m. and Sunday’s game is slated for a noon start.
Southern Miss Quick Hits
- Southern Miss enters the game 10-18, but only 1-6 in its last seven games.
- In the last seven games, Southern Miss have given up five-or-more runs six times.
- Caroline Walker leads four Golden Eagles batting over .300 with a .368 average.
- Leslie Lejune has 18 RBI to lead the team and Stephani Shiflet has scored 21 times on the season.
- Courtney Ramos (3.58 ERA) and Beth Dietrich (4.04) hold identical 4-7 records to pace the pitching staff.
- Southern Miss pitchers are allowing hitters to bat at a .313 clip against them.
History Versus Southern Miss
Memphis holds a 9-8 all-time advantage over Southern Miss and has won the last four games. The Tigers swept a three-game series on the road at Hattiesburg last year. Twelve of the 17 games in the series have been decided by three runs or less, including the last eight games. In Memphis, the Tigers are 4-5 all-time against the Golden Eagles. Memphis lost two of three games to Southern Miss in 2010 and came back from a doubleheader sweep to beat the Golden Eagles 3-2 in 10 innings in a game that marked the beginning of the four-game winning streak for Memphis. Last year, senior Lauren Carley earned a victory in relief in game two with four and a third scoreless innings. Junior Kamri Chester had a RBI single in the game and scored a run in game one. Senior Nikki Moreno went 3-for-3 with two RBI, a run scored and a home run in game one.
Southern Miss (9-8)
4-8-2006 H W 4-0
4-8-2006 H W 4-0
4-9-2006 H L (10) 1-2
3-31-2007 A W 6-1
3-31-2007 A L 3-6
4-12-2008 H L 0-2
4-12-2008 H W 4-0
4-13-2008 H L 5-7
3-28-2009 A L 3-9
3-28-2009 A W 2-1
3-29-2009 A L 2-3
4-17-2010 H L 0-2
4-17-2010 H L 6-9
4-18-2010 H W (10) 3-2
5-7-2011 A W 4-1
5-7-2011 A W 4-3
5-8-2011 A W 3-1
Roberts Scolds MSU With a Stern “No”
Memphis pitcher Ellen Roberts became the fourth Tigers pitcher to throw a no-hitter, the ninth in program-history. Roberts was one batter away from a perfect game, walking a Racer in the fifth inning.
Richwood Sits ‘Em Down
Freshman pitcher Jordan Richwood fanned a career-high 11 batters in the second game of the double-header against Murray State. Richwood allowed one base runner in each of the first five innings, but never faced more than four batters in an inning. She retired the last-nine batters in order to earn her second victory of the season.
Palmieri at the Plate
Second baseman Alyssa Palmierri went 3-for-5 at the plate against Murray State, raising her season-batting average to .208. Palmieri is currently fourth on the team in batting average and has scored eight runs on the season, trailing Morgan Mosby’s 14-runs scored and tied with Kassy Dunn.
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. After a rocky start at Houston, the hurler rebounded against Murray State with a career-high 11 strikeouts in a one-run shutout win.