@MemphisSoftball Begins C-USA Tournament Play With Houston
May 8, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis softball team (24-35, 8-16 C-USA) begins the Conference USA Tournament against No. 2 seed Houston (38-17, 19-5 C-USA) on Thursday at 11 a.m. CT at the Collins Family Softball Complex in Tulsa, Okla.
Memphis wrapped up its regular season last Wednesday with a doubleheader at Murray State, coming away with two 5-4 victories. In game one, senior outfielder Lelani Bernardino went 3-for-3 with two runs and one RBI to help the Tigers end their three-game losing skid. In game two, senior infielder Morgan Mosby drove in two runs and scored once in Memphis' four-run eighth inning to finish 2-for-4 for the game and get the Tigers the sweep.
Bernardino leads the Tigers with a .301 batting average, 29 runs and four triples in all 59 games this season. Mosby has also had a strong senior campaign, hitting .300 with a team-high 57 hits and 27 RBI in 56 games. Junior RHP Ellen Roberts (15-23) leads the Tigers with a 3.03 ERA in the circle with 24 complete games and 179 strikeouts in 236.0 innings pitched. Sophomore RHP Jordan Richwood (8-11) ranks 30th in the nation in strikeouts per seven innings (8.6) with 159 strikeouts in 136.0 innings pitched.
Houston comes into the C-USA Championships having won seven of its last eight games. The Cougars took two of three games from C-USA regular season champion UAB last weekend in Houston before a 6-5 win over Mississippi State to end the regular season.
The Cougars are led at the plate by senior infielder Holly Anderson, who is hitting .378 along with 62 hits and 14 doubles. Freshman outfielder Katie St. Pierre is batting .365 this season with 58 hits. St. Pierre leads Houston in stolen bases, going 13-for-18 this season. Junior catcher Haley Outon is hitting .349 with a team-high 15 home runs, 59 RBI and a .743 slugging percentage. In the circle, Houston is led by Bailey Watts, who is sporting an 18-5 record and a 2.26 ERA in 155.0 innings.
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With a win, Memphis will move on to face the winner between No. 3 Tulsa or No. 6 UCF on Friday at 2 p.m. in the C-USA semifinals.