@MemphisSoftball Opens 10-Game Home Stand with Austin Peay
April 1, 2014
Game two of the doubleheader is slated to begin around 6 p.m.
Memphis (13-20, 0-5 The American) is looking to snap a season-long eight game losing streak. During the stretch, the Tigers are averaging just 1.25 runs per game and have scored more than a run in just one of the contests.
"We've had a tough couple of weeks," said Memphis head coach Natalie Poole. "We've definitely had some close ballgames. We're looking to find our way back offensively."
Freshman shortstop Brittany Vaughn has led Memphis offensively in the last 10 games where she has hit .370 with six RBI and a .469 on base percentage. Vaughn leads the team in RBI (20), walks (13), hit by pitch (9) and on base percentage (.455) and is hitting .322 with 16 runs scored.
"Right now we're just focusing really on offense," Vaughn said. "Our defensive game is there and our pitching is doing pretty well. I feel like we just need to pick up our offense."
Sophomore Georganna Goodwin has also been hitting the bat well in recent games. The catcher has hit .333 in her last 12 at bats and driller her first career home run to center against UConn.
Freshman Lindsay Crowdus is looking to break out of a slump that has seen her bat .286 in the last 10 games after pushing her season average above .400 before the stretch. Crowdus still leads the nation in triples with seven and is hitting a team best .369 with 18 runs scored.
Senior Ellen Roberts is nearing a couple of school records. The RHP needs two more wins to set a new school record for most wins with 38, surpassing Jenna Kubesch and Carly Hummel's 37. She also needs 18 strikeouts to become the school's all-time leader in the category with 446.
Austin Peay enters the week with a 16-16 overall record and are 5-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Govs match the Tigers in hitting with a .238 average and averaging 4.24 runs per game while allowing 5.82.
Lauren de Castro leads the team with a .400 average and is also the team leader in RBI (21), runs (20), home runs (5) and on base percentage (.459).
In the circle, the Govs have a 4.74 ERA and average 4.11 strikeouts per game with 2.96 walks. The team averages 1.94 walks/hits per inning.
De Castro has seen most of the time in the circle for Austin Peay. She is 11-6 with a 3.17 ERA and has 71 strikeouts and 45 walks in 95.0 innings pitched. Sidney Hooper (3-3, 4.79 ERA) and Brianna Bartuccio (2-7, 6.28 ERA) have split the majority of the remaining innings for the Govs.
Wednesday's game will be Bingo Night. Fans will receive a bingo card to fill in during the game with the opportunity to win Tiger Prize Packs. Admission is free to all 2014 Memphis Softball home games.
Memphis will host its first American Athletic Conference series this weekend when Temple comes to town for a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the first 150 fans will receive a Memphis Tigers softball. On Sunday, there will be a Free Softball Clinic with the team following the firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-678-4324.