Memphis Softball to Host First American Conference Game
April 4, 2014
Memphis, Tenn. –
The University of Memphis softball team is set to host their first American Athletic Conference game this weekend at the Tiger Softball Complex. The Tigers welcome Temple to town for a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday. A doubleheader is set for Saturday starting at 1 p.m. The final game will be played Sunday at 12 p.m.
Memphis (15-20, 0-5 The American) snapped a season-long eight game losing streak with a doubleheader win over Austin Peay, this Wednesday. The Tigers had 22 total hits in the doubleheader, which turned into 16 total runs.
Sophomore Jaye Smith has come on strong for the Tigers and leads the team offensively with a .375 batting average (6-for-16) over the last 10 games. Smith also leads the team in on base percentage (.474) over those games. Sophomore catcher Georganna Goodwin has also emerged as a heavy hitter, as she had a total of two doubles in the doubleheader against Austin Peay. Over the last 10 games, Goodwin has led the team in RBI (4) and hit her first home run against Connecticut, on Mar. 29th.
Freshman Lindsay Crowdus leads the team with a .367 batting average (40-for-109), total bases (57), runs scored (21), and is second in slugging percentage (.523). Goodwin leads the team with a .577 slugging percentage. Crowdus still leads the nation with seven triples thus far in 2014.
Senior pitcher Ellen Roberts (8-11) tied the school record for most wins in a career with her five-strikeout performance in the Tigers first win over Austin Peay. Roberts now has 37 total wins, which ties Carly Hummel and Jenna Kubesch. Roberts (435 strikeouts) also needs just 11 strikeouts to pass Hummel (445) and become the school’s all-time leader in the category.
Temple enters this weekend’s series with a 9-15 overall record and is 0-3 in The American. The Owls fell in a road series at Houston. Memphis and Temple will meet for the first time, as the Owls will be the ninth first-time opponent for the Tigers this season.
Sarah Prezioso leads Temple with a .397 batting average (31-for-78) and is second in RBI (14). Prezioso has also batted in a team-high 21 runs for the Owls. Leah Lucas is batting .296 on the season (21-for-71), has four home runs, and leads her team in RBI (15).
Kelsey Dominik is 5-6 in the circle with a 2.64 ERA in 11 appearances for the Owls. Dominik has 40 strikeouts on the season in 69.0 innings pitched. She has also pitched 10 complete games in 10 starts. Amanda Gatt has also seen time behind the mound for Temple. Gatt is 3-2 on the season in nine appearances. She has 16 strikeouts and one save in 37.2 innings pitched.
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 game. Please RSVP for the clinic by emailing Rob Axline at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 901-678-4324.
The Tigers return to the field next week for a non-conference game against UT Martin, Wednesday Apr. 9 at 5 p.m. (CT).