@MemphisSoftball Closes Out Home Stand with Mississippi Valley State Tuesday
April 14, 2014
MEMPHIS – The University of Memphis softball team will end a 10-game home stand on Tuesday with a single game against Mississippi Valley State at 5 p.m. at the Tigers Softball Complex. Admission is free to all Memphis softball home games.
The Tigers (18-24) enter the game after defeating American Athletic Conference leading Houston in the final game of a three-game series on Sunday in a 6-5 victory. The win was the first for Memphis against Houston since 2011 and snapped a nine-game losing streak against the program. It also gave the Cougars their first conference loss of the year.
Memphis nearly came away with the series win after falling 12-5 in the opening game against Houston in an 11-inning marathon. The Tigers had a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning, but the Cougars tied it up and pulled away with the win four innings later.
The Tigers are 7-1 all-time against Mississippi Valley State and have a 5-1 record at home against the Devilettes. Last year it took extra innings for Memphis to defeat MVSU in Itta Bena, Miss., in a 2-1, 10-inning victory.
Mississippi Valley State is the third of four teams Memphis faces in its 2014 schedule. The Tigers have already earned doubleheader sweeps at home against Jackson State and on the road at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Tigers will host Alcorn State in a doubleheader next Wednesday at home. Memphis is 41-4 all-time against opponents from the SWAC.
The Devilettes have struggled in 2014 and are 7-31 overall and 5-6 in the SWAC. The team pitching has a combined ERA of 11.74 with a .374 opponent batting average and a nearly double walk to strikeout ratio. MVSU has allowed 82 stolen bases with only six caught stealing and has a team fielding percentage of .931.
Sophomore outfielder Jahcenda Garrett leads the Devilettes with a .326 batting average. Freshman shortstop Deja Talton is the team’s leading RBI producer with 17 and has four of the team’s six home runs. Junior outfielder Omeshia Moffett leads the team with 16 runs scored.
For Memphis, Ellen Roberts (.417), Lindsay Crowdus (.364), Cierra Mangum (.333) and Jaye Smith (.333) are all hitting above .300 in the last 10 games. Sophomore Georganna Goodwin leads the team during that stretch with 10 RBI and her 14 RBI on the season ranks third on the team.
Roberts (9-14) has a 1.95 ERA during the last 10 games with 34 strikeouts in 43 innings. For the year, the Australian has a 2.51 ERA with 121 strikeouts in 153.1 innings pitched.
Following Tuesday’s midweek game, Memphis will make its first trip to Piscataway, N.J., for a conference series at Rutgers on Friday and Saturday.