@MemphisSoftball Set to Host Alcorn State
April 22, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
The University of Memphis softball team is set to host a midweek non-conference doubleheader against Alcorn State, Wed. Mar. 23 at the Tigers Softball Complex. The first game is slated for 4 p.m. (CT) and admission is free for all Memphis softball games.
Memphis (20-26, 4-10 The American) is 11-1 all-time in the matchup against Alcorn State (7-32, 4-10 SWAC). The Tigers have won the last four matchups and last defeated the Lady Braves, 8-1, on Mar. 30, 2013.
The Tigers are 42-4 all-time against opponents from the SWAC and 5-0 this season. Memphis has wins over Jackson State (2x), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2x), and Mississippi Valley State.
Alcorn State is 7-32 this season and will carry a 0-15 road record into Memphis this Wednesday. The Lady Braves have won two out of their last three games and are 4-10 in the SWAC.
Freshman Jessie Gresley and junior Alexandria Harris both lead the Lady Braves with a .330 batting average (34-for-103). Harris has the upper-hand for Alcorn State as she leads the team in doubles (8), home runs (7), RBI (37), and total bases (65). Gresley ranks second in doubles (6), home runs (5), RBI (18), and total bases (55).
Freshman Jazmin Castillo has seen most of the time in the circle for the Lady Braves with 29 appearances. Castillo is 5-19 with an 8.20 ERA in 136.2 innings pitched. Castillo has 47 strikeouts and 12 complete games on the season. Paxton Cathcart is 1-7 in the circle with an 11.17 ERA in 19 appearances. Cathcart has 14 strikeouts and one save in 47.0 innings pitched.
Memphis has gone 5-5 over the last 10 games with Lindsay Crowdus leading the team with a .353 batting average over that stretch. Crowdus, along with Cierra Mangum (.320) and Georganna Goodwin (.308) also had batting averages over .300 during that stretch.
Goodwin has tallied two home runs over the last 10 games and has three on the season. Calli Irvin hit her team-leading fourth home run of the season against Rutgers over the weekend. Irvin has a .230 batting average (26-for-113) on the season.
Crowdus leads the team in batting average .366 (53-for-145), hits (53), triples (7), and total bases (72). If Crowdus were to end the season with her 3.66 batting average, she would rank first in highest batting average for a season in program history. Crowdus' seven triples this year, leads the conference and the nation in the category.
Senior pitcher Ellen Roberts continues to be the driving factor in the circle for the Tigers. Roberts is 10-15 with a 2.55 ERA in 33 appearances. Roberts has 127 strikeouts, 16 complete games, and three saves in 167.1 innings pitched.
Christian Novak is 9-8 in the circle with a 3.55 ERA in 24 appearances for Memphis. Novak has 75 strikeouts and four complete games in 98.2 innings pitched on the season.
Following Wednesday's midweek game, Memphis will travel to Tampa, Fla. for a three-game conference series against South Florida on Saturday and Sunday.