@MemphisSoftball Hosts Houston in Final Conference Home Series
April 26, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -The University of Memphis softball team plays its final home games this weekend when the Tigers hosts Conference USA opponent Houston (32-16, 14-4 C-USA) for a three-game series. The teams will begin play Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. while the series finale will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Tigers Softball Complex.
Memphis (22-32, 8-13 C-USA) comes into the weekend on a three-game conference losing streak after falling to East Carolina on the road in conference play last weekend. On Wednesday, Memphis picked up its second-straight midweek win with a 4-2 road victory over UT Martin. Against the Skyhawks, junior RHP Ellen Roberts struck out six while allowing just four hits in the circle. At the plate, junior infielder Kelly Braman went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, while senior outfielder Lelani Bernardinobecame just the second Tiger in program history to score 100 career runs with two on the day.
Senior infielder Morgan Mosby leads Memphis this season with a .312 batting average and a .405 slugging percentage. The Hernando, Miss. native has also put together a team-best 54 hits and 25 RBI in 54 games this season. Bernardino and freshman outfielder Hannah Harrellhave also been consistent at the plate for the Tigers as Bernardino is batting .296 along with a team-high 26 runs, 16 stolen bases and four triples on the season. Harrell is hitting .299 for second best on the team.
Roberts (13-21) leads the Tigers with a 2.85 ERA in 32 games started. She has totaled 175 strikeouts in 218.2 innings pitched. Sophomore RHP Jordan Richwood(8-10) ranks 16th in the nation in strikeouts per seven innings (9.2) with 154 strikeouts in 117.1 innings pitched.
Houston received two votes in this week's USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll. The Cougars are 6-4 in their last 10 games and have totaled a 15-6 record on the road this season. Houston split with No. 14 Baylor in a midweek doubleheader Tuesday, falling 4-1 in the first game before coming back with a 5-3 victory.
The Cougars have four players hitting over .300 at the plate with senior infielder Holly Anderson leading the team with a .375 batting average and a .618 slugging percentage in 45 games played. Junior catcher Haley Outon is hitting .364 with a team-high 53 RBI, 14 home runs and 11 doubles. Freshman outfielder Katie St. Pierre has scored a team-high 38 runs and stolen 12 bases while hitting .353 this season.
In the circle, junior pitcher Bailey Watts leads the Cougars with a 16-5 record and a 2.26 ERA in 136.1 innings pitched. Watts has struck out 92 batters, walked 64 and held opponents to a .229 batting av-erage.
Following their three-game series with Houston, the Tigers will close out the regular season next Wednesday, May 1 when they travel to Murray State for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. at Racer Field.