Memphis Plays Arkansas in Neutral Site Match-up
April 20, 2010
SHERWOOD, Ark. - The University of Memphis softball team will play Arkansas on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Sherwood, Ark., a suburb of Little Rock. The neutral match-up is the only game scheduled for Memphis this week as the team has a bye week in Conference USA play.
The Tigers head into the game with a 23-19 record and are 7-10 in C-USA. Last week, Memphis went 4-3 at home. The U of M swept a doubleheader with Alabama State, split a doubleheader with Middle Tennessee and won one of three games against Southern Miss. The lone win against the Golden Eagles came in the Tigers' longest game of the season, a 10-inning thriller that saw junior Maddie McKinley knock in Alex Marshall with an RBI single in the 10th inning.
Arkansas is 24-21 on the year and 8-11 in the Southeastern Conference. The Razorbacks were swept by No. 13 LSU over the weekend in Baton Rouge, La.
McKinley leads the team in batting average (.300), RBI (21), runs scored (23) and is tied for the team lead in doubles with eight. She also leads the team and is tied for the school season record with 19 stolen bases in 20 attempts. The Tigers as a team stole 21 bases in 23 attempts during the seven games last week. McKinley had five steals in the stretch along with junior shortstop Heather Mott.
Memphis is hitting .221 as a team with a .317 on base percentage. The Tigers have scored 138 runs in 42 games and have a .325 slugging percentage.
In the circle, senior Vanessa Walle leads the team in ERA (1.40) and is 8-8 with 55 K's in 94.2 innings. Freshman Carly Hummel (13-8) leads the team in K's (184), innings pitched (144.0) and opponent batting average (.137). She also sports a 1.65 ERA. The Tigers lead the conference in ERA with a 1.68 mark.
Jessica Bachkora leads Arkansas in batting with a .381 average. She has 13 home runs, 28 RBI and 45 runs scored. Arkansas is hitting .251 as a team with 51 home runs and 193 runs scored in 45 games. the team has a .349 on base percentage and a .430 slugging percentage.
Hope McLemore leads the team in the circle with a 12-9 record, 2.76 ERA and has struck out 126 batters in 129.1 innings. The Razorbacks have a 3.29 team ERA with four shutouts and 234 K's in 304.0 innings.
History: Memphis vs. Arkansas
Down the Fast Lane
Most Season Stolen Bases
1. 19 - Maddie McKinley (19-20) 2010 19 - Cara Stiles (19-21) 2006 3. 17 - Leandra Hiles (17-19) 2008 4. 16 - Brittany Gooch (16-18) 2009 16 - Leandra Hines (16-19) 2006 6. 14 - Heather Mott (14-14) 2010 14 - Leandra Hines (14-17) 2009
Stopping the Run
Most Season Caught Stealing By
1. 16 - Keanah Prestridge 2010 16 - Kimmi Hayden 2006 3. 11 - Kimber Bossom 2008 11 - Kimmi Hayden 2008 4. 9 - Lindsay Kelso 2007 5. 8 - Nicki Johnson 2007 8 - Jenna Kubesch 2006