@MemphisSoftball On The Road To Face South Florida
April 25, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. –
The University of Memphis softball team heads to Tampa, Fla. to battle South Florida in a three-game conference series Saturday and Sunday at USF Softball Stadium.
The Tigers are 0-1 all-time in the matchup against South Florida. The lone meeting between the two came on Feb. 2, 2008 at the USF Wilson Invitational, as the Bulls won the matchup, 7-0.
Memphis is 22-45 all-time against opponents from the American Athletic Conference. The Tigers are 4-10 against AAC foes in 2014 with wins over Temple, Houston, and Rutgers.
South Florida (33-14, 7-5 The American) enters this weekend receiving votes in both the USA Today/NFCA Poll (6) and the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll (7). The Bulls are coming off a three-game sweep over then-conference leader Houston, last weekend.
The Bulls are led by their five-time conference pitcher of the week award winner, Sara Nevins. The senior pitcher leads the conference with a 1.33 ERA, 218 total strikeouts, and 21 wins in the circle. Nevins (21-7) has 33 appearances on the season and 157.1 innings pitched.
Sophomore Erica Nunn (9-7) has also seen time in the circle for the Bulls. Nunn has a 3.01 ERA, 28 appearances, and 120 strikeouts in 97.2 innings pitched. Both Nunn and Nevins add three saves each on the season.
Senior Kourtney Salvarola has a .322 batting average (39-for-121) as she has played and started in every game for the Bulls. Salvarola leads the team in home runs (12), total bases (83), and slugging percentage (.686). Senior Ashli Goff leads the team with a .368 batting average (46-for-125). Goff adds 10 RBI and 47 total bases for South Florida.
Memphis (22-26, 4-10 The American) is coming off a doubleheader sweep over Alcorn State. The Tigers sweep the Lady Braves in both outings and compiled 18 total hits.
Freshman Lindsay Crowdus leads the team with a .365 batting average (54-for-148) and seven triples. The seven triples on the season for Crowdus also rank first in the country. Sophomore catcher Georganna Goodwin has had the hot hand for the Tigers as of recent play. Goodwin is batting .328 (20-for-61) and adds a team second-best 21 RBI.
Freshman Brittany Vaughn has a .308 batting average (41-for-133) and leads the team with 33 RBI. Vaughn recorded a season-best five RBI in the Tigers first win over Alcorn State. Vaughn’s 33 RBI thus far rank sixth in program history for most RBI in a single season. Jessica Phillips holds the record for the category with 44 RBI in 2011.
Senior pitcher Ellen Roberts continues to be the dominant force for Memphis in the circle. Roberts (11-15) has a 2.49 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 171.1 innings pitched. Roberts adds a team-high 34 appearances, 16 complete games, and three saves for the Tigers.
Memphis will return home for a non-conference midweek matchup against Murray State, Wednesday Apr. 30 at the Tigers Softball Complex.