Memphis Opens C-USA Tournament Against Tulsa on Thursday
May 10, 2010
HOUSTON, Texas - The University of Memphis softball team will open the 2010 Conference USA Championship tournament at Cougar Softball Stadium in Houston, Texas, against second seeded Tulsa on Thursday.
Memphis comes into the single-elimination tournament with a 24-25 record on the season and a seventh place finish in C-USA with an 8-15 league mark. The Tigers look to snap their season-long five game losing streak at the tournament.
If Memphis beats Tulsa, they will play the winner of No. 3 UCF and No. 6 UTEP on Friday at 3 p.m. in the semifinals. The championship game will be on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and will be televised live on CBS College Sports.
Tulsa enters the tournament with a 31-20 record and finished 14-6 in C-USA. The Golden Hurricane are the defending C-USA Tournament Champion and were the only team in the league to play in the NCAA Tournament in 2009. Tulsa has appeared in two-straight NCAA tournaments and three times in the last four years.
Memphis is led by a deep pitching staff which currently boasts the second-lowest ERA in the conference with a 1.97 mark. Henderson State junior transfer Lauren Carley leads the Tiger staff with a 1.51 ERA and currently ranks second in the league. Joining Carley in the top 10 for ERA are Carly Hummel (4th-1.78) and Vanessa Walle (7th-2.13). Hummel leads the league in opposing batting average (.150) and is third in the conference in strikeouts (206). Carley is third in the conference for opposing batting average (.159) and first in earned runs allowed (11).
The U of M as a team is hitting .214 with 145 runs scored in 49 games, a .309 slugging percentage, a .304 on base percentage and 22 home runs. The Tigers have stolen 59 bases on the season.
The Tiger bats are led by junior Maddie McKinley and sophomore Lelani Bernardino. McKinley, Memphis' starter at third base, is batting .299 with a .422 slugging percentage, three home runs, 23 runs scored and 24 runs batted in. The Chickamauga, Ga., native currently ranks in a tie for sixth in the league for stolen bases with 19. Bernardino enters play with a .297 batting average. She has 12 RBI and 21 runs scored. The Valencia, Calif., product leads the team with a .386 on-base percentage.
History: Memphis vs. Tulsa
Last Time The Tigers and Golden Hurricane Met
In game two of the series, utility player Vanessa Walle went 3-for-3 from the plate with two home runs and four RBI. On the mound, the senior allowed one run on six hits after pitching a complete game.
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Tulsa is led by the bat of Lauren Lindsey, a senior outfielder. The Oklahoma City, Okla., native, leads the league with a .384 batting average, .828 slugging percentage, 48 runs scored, 18 home runs and 125 total bases. Lindsay, a three-time All-C-USA selection, is also ranked second in the conference with 48 RBI. Samantha Cobb, a freshman infielder, leads the league with 53 RBI. Cobb is batting .333 with 15 home runs and 58 runs scored.
In the circle, the Golden Hurricane have relied on three pitchers on the season. Kalynn Schrock, a freshman south paw, leads the team in ERA with a 2.60 clip in 91.2 innings pitched. Tulsa also looks to Jackie Lawrence, an All-C-USA first team selection in 2009 who is 14-7 with a 2.62 ERA in 146.2 innings pitched. Jordan Kinard, a 2009 All-C-USA second team pick, is 7-8 with a 3.13 ERA in 105 innings pitched.
As a team, Tulsa ranks fifth in the conference in ERA with a 2.77 mark. The Golden Hurricane pitching staff has struck out 350 batters and walked 157 in 343.1 innings. Opponents are hitting .236 off the staff.
In games one and three the Tigers had bases loaded situations but were unable to bring a run across the plate.