Memphis Looks to be Dark Horse in C-USA Tournament
Go Tigers!
Junior third baseman Laura Curtis is a All-Conference USA Second Team selection.

Go Tigers!
Junior third baseman Laura Curtis is a All-Conference USA Second Team selection.
Go Tigers!

May 9, 2012




Live Coverage
May 10 vs UAB 7:00 pm (CT) GameTracker Watch Blog
Tournament Central
Memphis Week 14 Game Notes

Thursday, May 10
Game 1 (1) Tulsa v. (8) Southern Miss 11 a.m.
Game 2 (4) UCF v. (5) Houston 1:30 p.m.
Game 3 (3) Marshall v. (6) East Carolina 4:30 p.m.
Game 4 (2) UAB v. (7) Memphis 7 p.m.
Friday, May 11
Game 5 Games 1 & 2 winners 2 p.m.
Game 6 Games 3 & 4 winners 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 12
Game 7 Games 5 & 6 winners 1 p.m. (TV: CBS Sports Network)

The University of Memphis (20-36, 8-16 C-USA) enter the Conference USA Tournament as the No. 7 seed and will face No. 2 seed and tournament host UAB (36-19, 17-7) on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Birmingham, Ala.

This marks the second-straight season the Tigers open with the tournament host. Last year Memphis fell to East Carolina in Greenville, N.C., 5-1.

The winner of the contest will play the winner of the 3/6 match-up between Marshall and East Carolina on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the semifinals. The C-USA Championship will be on Saturday at 1 p.m. and is televised by the CBS Sports Network.

Memphis heads into the tournament looking to be the Dark Horse. Of the Tigers 16 conference losses, 11 of them were decided by two runs or less and seven were decided by a run. The only losses by more than two runs came in all three games of a series-sweep at Houston and one game against both Marshall and Tulsa.

For the sixth season in a row, the Tigers have qualified for the C-USA tournament. In three of their past five trips to the C-USA tournament, Memphis has been victorious in the opening round.

Memphis is 3-6 all-time in the tournament and reached the semifinals for the first time in 2010 as the No. 7 seed after upsetting No. 2 seed Tulsa in the opening round.

Live Coverage
Online video is available for all of the games in the tournament except for the championship game through the C-USA Digital Network. Live stats are available for all of the games and a live blog will be available for the Memphis contests. Links to the live coverage can be found at GoTigersGo.com.

Memphis Quick Hits

  • Memphis is hitting .278 as a team in the last 21 games and is 11-10 during the stretch. The stretch includes two games against Tennessee and three contests against Tulsa and UCF and one against Mississippi State. 
  • Laura Curtis is hitting .371 in the last 21 games with 14 RBI and 12 runs scored. Also above .300 are Ijiah Hargrove (.381), Libby Goranson (.324), Morgan Mosby (.310) and Ashleigh King (.302). 
  • In the last 10 games, Alyssa Palmieri leads the Tigers with a .393 batting average (11-for-28) and has four RBI and four runs scored. 
  • Ijiah Hargrove is 7-for-18 (.389) in the last 10 games • Memphis is hitting .267 in its last 10 games. 
  • The Tigers' pitching staff has a 4.22 ERA in the last 10 games with 34 strikeouts and 27 walks in 66.1 innings. Lauren Carley leads the staff with a 2.55 ERA and a 1-0 record in 11 innings pitched. 
  • Memphis has the 147th-ranked RPI. 
  • Memphis is 3-20 against teams ranked in the top 50 RPI.

Last Week
Memphis went 1-2 in a three-game series at home against East Carolina to end the regular season. The Tigers saw multiple-run leads evaporate in the final two innings of games one and two. The Tigers lost game one 5-4 after leading 4-1 in the sixth inning. Memphis lost game two 4-3 in eight innings after holding a 3-1 lead heading to the sixth. The Tigers won the final game of the series 5-3.

Last Year in C-USA Tournament
Memphis earned its highest ever seeding in 2011, entering the tournament as the fourth seed. The Tigers played No. 5 seed and tournament host East Carolina in the opening game and lost 5-1. Jessica Phillips hit a solo home run in the game off ECU ace Toni Paisley.

Tournament History
For the sixth season in a row, the Tigers have qualified for the C-USA tournament. In three of their past five trips to the C-USA tournament, Memphis has been victorious in the opening round. Memphis is 3-6 all-time in the tournament and reached the semifinals for the first time in 2010 as the No. 7 seed after upsetting No. 2 seed Tulsa in the opening round. No seven seed has ever won the tournament with the lowest ranked seed to win being East Carolina last year as the No. 5 seed. In the current format of the tournament, the No. 7 seed has upset the No. 2 seed in two of the three years.

Curtis and Richwood in All-Conference Honors
Junior 3B Laura Curtis was named to the All-Conference USA second team and pitcher Jordan Richwood was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team. Curtis has become a defensive giant for the Tigers in the second half of the season at third base and is hitting .288 on the season with 15 RBI and 17 runs scored. All 15 of the RBI have come in the last 35 games and she is hitting .306 over the stretch. Richwood continues the Memphis streak of seven consecutive years of placing a player on the all-freshman team. She is 6-11 on the season with a 3.17 ERA and 106 strikeouts.

Mosby Named to College Sports Madness All-Conference Team
Junior SS Morgan Mosby was named to the College Sports Madness All-C-USA First Team. Mosby leads the team with a .335 average and 24 runs scored. She totals 14 RBI and has scored a team-best seven game-winning runs and has 18 multiple-hit games.

History Versus UAB
UAB swept Memphis in a three-game series to open conference play in Birmingham earlier this season. All three games were decided by two runs or less. The Blazers hold a 14-8 all-time advantage over the Tigers and have won six of the last seven games. Memphis is 1-1 all-time in the Conference USA Tournament against UAB, winning 8-6 in 2008 and losing 11-5 in 2009.

UAB Quick Hits

  • UAB has the 39th ranked RPI and are receiving votes in the top 25 national poll. 
  • The No. 2 seed is the highest in school history for the Blazers. 
  • UAB placed six players on the C-USA All-Conference team. Catcher Mandy Lowman was a first team selection and OF Catherine Crawford, OF Whitney Fletcher, OF Vanessa Perez, P Lannah Campbell and U Kristen McGrath were second team selections. Fletcher was also named co-Newcomer of the Year. 
  • UAB is fifth in the conference with a .281 batting average and sixth in runs scored with 226. The Blazers rank second in home runs with 52. 
  • UAB is second in the conference with a 2.09 ERA and in strikeouts with 355.

History Versus Marshall
Marshall leads the all-time series with Memphis 5-15. Marshall swept Memphis in a three-game series in Memphis earlier this season. The first two contests were both 1-0 and the Herd won game three 6-0. Memphis is 0-1 all-time in the Conference USA Tournament against Marshall dropping a 1-0 contest in 2007.

Marshall Quick Hits

  • Marshall has the 60th ranked RPI. 
  • Marshall placed four players on the C-USA All-Conference teams. C Rebecca Gamby, IF Alianna Telles, IF Jazmine Valle and P Andi Williamson were all second team selections. 
  • Marshall is fourth in the conference with a .283 batting average and fourth in runs scored with 247. The Herd lead the conference in stolen bases with 131. 
  • Marshall is third in the conference with a 2.25 ERA and in strikeouts with 342.

History Versus East Carolina
East Carolina leads the all-time series 6-15. The Tigers ended the regular season against the Pirates in Memphis and won the final game of the series 5-3. The other two games were late-inning comebacks by ECU and one-run decisions. Memphis is 0-1 all-time in the C-USA Tournament against ECU, losing last year at Greenville, 5-1.

East Carolina Quick Hits

  • East Carolina has the 82nd ranked RPI. 
  • East Carolina placed one player on the C-USA All-Conference teams. OF Suzanne Riggs was a second team selection. P Sarah Christian was named to the all-freshman team. 
  • East Carolina is sixth in the conference with a .264 batting average and seventh in runs scored with 225. The Pirates are fourth in stolen bases with 85. 
  • East Carolina is seventh in the conference with a 4.02 ERA and ninth in strikeouts with 108.

Phillips Eclipses 100 RBI
Senior first baseman Jessica Phillips became just the second Memphis player to eclipse the 100 RBI plateau. Phillips had five RBI in a three-game series with ECU and totals 103 in her career. The school record is 123 by Leila Dolfo (2006-09). Phillips also ranks in the top five on the career charts in games played (197-4th), games started (182-4th), doubles (27-3rd), home runs (25-T2nd) and walks (61-4th).

Lindahl Sets Season Record for Runners Thrown Out
Sophomore catcher Amber Lindahl set a school record for throwing out would-be base stealers. Lindahl has thrown out 21 of 77 steal attempts, an average of 27 percent. She has thrown out 13 of 37 attempts in conference play (35%). The previous Memphis record was 17 by Keanah Prestridge in 2010. Lindahl is tied for first in the conference in runners thrown out.

Curtis is Warming Up at the Hot-Corner
In the last 35 games, Curtis is hitting .306 (30-for-98) with 17 runs scored and 15 RBI. She also leads the team with three home runs in that time frame.

Curtis in the Clutch
With runners on base, Laura Curtis is hitting .345 slugging .520 and has a .404 on-base percentage. She has also hit in 15 RBI.

Roberts' ERA Dropped Like a Rock
Sophomore pitcher Ellen Roberts threw two-consecutive shutouts against Alcorn State and ULM. She struck out 11 batters and allowed only one walk in the two games. Roberts threw a two-hit shutout against UCF and leads the team with a 3.08 ERA.

Curtis, Goranson, Phillips Hittin' in C-USA
In C-USA games, junior third baseman Laura Curtis leads the team with a .309 average and has driven in 12 RBI and scored 11 runs. Sophomore designated player Libby Goranson is second with a .286 average, while senior first baseman Jessica Phillips leads the team with 14 RBI.

A Tale of Two Richwoods
Freshman pitcher Jordan Richwood has had a dramatic improvement in her season. Through the first 11 games, she was 0-5 with a 4.72 ERA and 34 strikeouts with 31 walks in 29.2 innings pitched. In her last 20 appearances that started against UAB, Richwood is 6-6 with a 2.68 ERA and 72 strikeouts with 24 walks in 80.1 innings pitched.

Excelling as the Leadoff Hitter
Leading off an inning, junior shortstop Morgan Mosby is batting .446 (33-for-74). As a team, Memphis leadoff hitters are batting .395. Sophomore pitcher Ellen Roberts (.480) and junior third baseman Laura Curtis (.533) are also having tremendous success when they lead off an inning.

The Hunter Needs Ducks on the Pond
Senior first baseman Jessica Phillips is hitting .329 with runners on base, but only .189 with the bases empty. The Chattanooga native has also been the team's best clutch hitter with two outs. Of Phillips' 30 RBI, 15 of them have been two-out RBI.


 

 

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