April 6, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A hot-hitting Memphis Tigers team scored multiple runs in eight of 12 innings over two games on Saturday as they took both games of the Conference USA series opener from Southern Miss at the Southern Miss Softball Complex.
Memphis (17-26, 5-9 C-USA) scored multiple runs in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings en route to a 10-4 victory in the series opener. Freshman Jenifer Gary's two-run homer, her second of the year, made it an 8-3 ball game but the Eagles (11-28, 1-12 C-USA) were never able to get closer after that.
In game two, Memphis kept their hot bats rolling, scoring seven or more runs in two innings to earn the 19-1 decision and overall series victory. Southern Miss committed a season-high six errors in the contest.
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Memphis opened up the early scoring with a six hits, three run first inning before building on their lead in the third with another pair of runs on three hits.
Southern Miss scratched across their first run to cut into the lead at 5-1 in the third as Sarah Evans reached second on a two-base error by Tiger left fielder Hannah Harrell. After a fly out and ground out advanced Evans to third, Morgan McKeever drew a walk to put runners on the corners where the Golden Eagles were able to fake a double steal and generate enough of a play to bring Evans across at the plate.
Four more hits and a Southern Miss error in the fourth gave the Tigers three more runs to go up 8-1.
In the bottom of the frame, Michelle Stringer got a one-out single on a hard liner to shortstop Laura Curtis before Gary stepped up and sent a 1-1 offering sailing high over the scoreboard in left centerfield.
Memphis added two more runs in the sixth to make it 10-3 before the Golden Eagles got an RBI double from Evans to drive in Stringer who singled to lead off the frame.
Memphis' Ellen Roberts (8-17) picked up the win, giving up eight hits, four runs (three earned) while walking two and striking out five. Beth Dietrich (1-8) took the loss as the Memphis bats got hot, surrendering a season-high 18 hits and 10 runs (eight earned) while walking and striking out one each.
For the second consecutive game, the Tigers scratched the first runs of the game, getting a pair of runs off one hit, two walks, a wild pitch and a fielding error.
In the second, however, the Tigers exploded for seven runs to build a 9-0 lead, powered by six hits and one Golden Eagle fielding error which made five of the runs unearned.
Memphis added to their lead in a long fourth inning where, after loading the bases, a wild pitch brought the first run across with one out. After a fielding error allowed another run to score and reload the bases, Laura Curtis' one-out double to left field cleared the bases and made it 14-0.
Three more Memphis runs that inning lead to a 17-0 advantage before two more runs in the fifth pushed the lead to 19.
After loading the bases in the fifth, Evans drew a one-out walk to end the shutout bid but nothing more to cut into the lead.
In three innings of work, Jordan Richwood (8-8) picked up the victory, giving up just two hits without allowing a run. Kimberly Wagner (6-7) took the five inning loss, surrendering 12 hits and 19 runs (nine earned) while walking nine and striking out six.
The Golden Eagles committed a season-high six errors in the contest.