Memphis Travels to UAB for Final League Road Series
April 30, 2010
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The University of Memphis softball team will play UAB in a three-game series on Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2 in Birmingham, Ala., at the UAB Softball Field.
The two teams will open with a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday. The time was moved up an hour as the team's attempt to get the games in before predicted inclement weather hits. Memphis and UAB will close the series with a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Tigers head into the game with a 23-20 record and are 7-10 in Conference USA. Last week, Memphis lost 6-1 to Arkansas in its only game of the week.
Memphis magic number for clinching one of eight spots in the C-USA Tournament in Houston, Texas, is down to two. Memphis needs two wins, two Marshall losses or a combination of the two to secure a spot.
UAB is 32-17 on the year and 11-7 in Conference USA play. The Blazers lost two of three games last weekend to UTEP in El Paso, Texas.
Maddie McKinley leads the Tigers in batting average (.301), 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 have stolen 56-65 bases this season.
Memphis is hitting .219 as a team with a .314 on base percentage. The Tigers have scored 139 runs in 43 games and have a .322 slugging percentage.
In the circle, freshman Carly Hummel leads the team in ERA (1.67) and is 13-8 with 189 K's in 146.2 innings. Senior Vanessa Walle holds an ERA of 1.71 and is 8-9 with 56 K's in 98.0 innings. The Tigers are second in the conference in ERA with a 1.79 mark.
Kayla Orr leads UAB in batting with a. 366 average. She has eight home runs, 38 RBI, and 25 runs scored. UAB is hitting .272 as a team with 37 home runs and 219 runs scored in 49 games. The team has a.350 on base percentage and a .423 slugging percentage.
Alisha Smith leads the team in the circle with a 12-10 record, 2.00 ERA and has struck out 153 batters in 153.2 innings. The Blazers have a 2.19 team ERA with four shutouts and 348 K's in 336.0 innings.
History: Memphis vs. UAB
Down the Fast Lane
Stopping The Run