Memphis Softball Faces South Florida to Begin The American Championships
May 7, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
The University of Memphis softball team is set to participate in the first American Athletic Conference Softball Championship, which takes place May 8-10 at Cougar Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston.
Memphis has drawn the No. 7 seed after finishing the regular season with a 5-15 league record. The Tigers will take on the No. 2 seed South Florida on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (CT). South Florida won its last nine conference games and 10 of its last 11 overall to finish 13-5 in league play.
All first and second round games will be carried live on The American Digital Network with the championship game televised live on ESPN2 at 3:00 p.m. (CT).
A link to Quarterfinal 2 - USF vs. Memphis through The American Digital Network can be found HERE
TIGERS IN AMERICAN PLAY
The Tigers are 23-50 all-time against opponents from the American Conference. Memphis finished with a 5-15 regular season record in 2014. The Tigers have wins over Temple (2x), Houston, Rutgers, and Louisville. Lindsay Crowdus leads the conference with seven triples on the season. Crowdus' .358 batting average (59-for-165) also ranks ninth in league play. Brittany Vaughn's 33 RBI rank fifth in the conference. Ellen Roberts ranks sixth in ERA (2.80) and fifth in strikeouts (146) in the conference.
Memphis is 0-4 all-time in the matchup against South Florida. The Bulls swept the Tigers this season in a three-game conference series on Apr. 26 and 27.
THE FIRST GO AROUND
Memphis and South Florida met in the regular season for a three-game series in Tampa, Fla. on Apr. 26 and 27. The Bulls won the first game, 2-1, in a tight game that went down to the wire. Kelly Braman gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth with a solo home run. South Florida would respond with two runs in the bottom of the frame to secure the win.
The Bulls won the final two games by run rule as Sara Nevins and Erica Nunn were fearless in the circle. Nevins and Nunn gave up just two total hits and combined for 11 strikeouts in the final two games.
SCOUTING THE BULLS
South Florida (40-14, 13-5 The American) is led by seven-time conference pitcher of the week Sara Nevins. Nevins (26-7) has a conference-best 1.21 ERA in the circle with 264 strikeouts in 184.2 innings pitched. Erica Nunn has also seen significant time in the circle for the Bulls. Nunn (11-7) has a 2.68 ERA with 148 strikeouts in 112.1 innings.
Ashli Goff has a conference fourth-best .385 batting average (57-for-148). Stephanie Medina leads the team in RBI (36) and triples (5). Kourtney Salvarola leads the team with 14 home runs and 99 total bases for South Florida.
ALL IN THE HITS
Memphis has 346 hits as a team so far in 2014, an average of 6.62 per game. In the team's twenty-three wins, the Tigers are averaging 8.1 hits per game and the team is 18-6 in 2014 when out-hitting the opponent. In the team's thirty-two losses, the Tigers are averaging 4.9 hits per game and the team is 2-25 in games where the opponent has more hits. Memphis is 3-1 when the team has the same number of hits as its opponent.
The Memphis pitching staff has allowed 227 earned runs in 356.2 innings pitched this season. The Tigers have a team ERA of 3.38 through 55 games. In the first 20 games of the 2013 season, the Memphis pitchers had allowed 87 earned runs and had a team ERA of 3.70.
Senior pitcher Ellen Roberts (12-19) leads the team with a 2.80 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 200.1 innings pitched. Roberts has a program record 41 career wins and 487 strikeouts.
Christian Novak (9-10) has also seen time in the circle for the Tigers, as the freshman has a 3.84 ERA with 81 strikeouts in 107.2 innings pitched.
Freshman Lindsay Crowdus leads the team with a .358 batting average (59-for-165). Crowdus leads the conference and is tied for first in the country with seven triples this season. Freshman Brittany Vaughn leads the team in doubles (11) and RBI (33).
Senior Kelly Braman leads the team with five home runs and has a .270 batting average (37-for-137). Sophomore Georganna Goodwin and freshman Calli Irvin add four home runs each for Memphis. Goodwin adds a team second-best 21 RBI on the season.