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Redhawks Head South to Play in Blues City Classic

Redhawks Head South to Play in Blues City Classic

Feb. 21, 2008

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Thurday, February 21, 2008) The Southeast Missouri State softball team returns to action this weekend when they head south down I-55 to participate in the 2nd annual Blues City Classic hosted by the Univeristy of Memphis. The six-team tournament will be held at Greenbrook Park in Southaven, Mississippi. The Redhawks kick-off the tournament with a showdown with Ohio Valley Conference opponent Morehead State on Friday at 2:00 p.m. before returning back to the field at 4:15 to face Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

The schedule for the Blues City Classic has been changed with Evansville not arriving to the tournament until Saturday due to an ice storm. Friday's schedule has been rearranged and changed to begin at 2 p.m. instead of noon with four games being played in the day. The game between Memphis and Evansville has been cancelled and will not be made up. Evansville's Friday match-up with Alabama A&M has been moved to 12:15 p.m. on Sunday on Field 2.

All the games in the Blues City Classic will have live stats through Gametracker. Links can be found on the Blues City Classic tournament page at http://gotigersgo.com. In addition, live video through Memphis Tigers All-Access is available for all of the Memphis games and live audio is available for Tiger games on Friday and Sunday.

Blues City Classic Revised Schedule

Friday, February 22
2 p.m.     SEMO vs. Morehead State (Field 1)
           Alabama A&M vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Field 2)
4:15 p.m.  Morehead State vs. Memphis (Field 1)
           SEMO vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Field 2)

Saturday, February 23 12 p.m. Memphis vs. SEMO (Field 1) Morehead State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Field 2) 2:15 p.m. Memphis vs. Alabama A&M (Field 1) Evansville vs. SEMO (Field 2) 4:30 p.m. Morehead State vs. Alabama A&M (Field 1) Evansville vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Field 2)

Sunday, February 24 10 a.m. Evansville vs. Morehead State (Field 1) SEMO vs. Alabama A&M (Field 2) 12:15 p.m. Memphis vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Field 1) Evansville vs. Alabama A&M (Field 2)

LAST TIME OUT

The Redhawks (3-2) head into the tournament on a two-game slump after dropping the final two games of the Mardi Gras Invitational last weekend in Monroe, Louisiana. After sweeping a doubleheader against Jackson State the Redhawks defeated Central Arkansas, 5-3 in their opener of the Mardi Gras Tournament.

Michelle Summers was named to the All-Tournament team after batting .566 with five hits, three of which went for doubles in the Redhawks three games.

THE OPPONENTS

Morehead State: The Eagles are 4-0 entering the weekend after particpating in the Longwood Lancer Leadoff Classic last weekend. Senior pitcher Kari Quinn threw her second career no-hitter and batted .500 in the fouir games, and sophomore pitcher Alex Gjevre went 2-0 without allowing an earned run.

At the plate, senior Korey Ellis hit .444, while freshman Rebecca Butler batted .308 with three RBI and a team best two doubles. Junior Bri Jones hit at a .300 clip and stole four bases in the four games.

The Redhawks lead the overall series 45-8 including taking two out of three last season. After falling 8-1 in the series opener the Redhawks took the final two games, 7-4 and 4-1.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff: The Tigers are 0-5 entering the weekend after joining the Redhawks at the Mardi Gras Invitational last weekend.

The Redhawks will face the Tigers for the first time in program history this weekend.

Memphis: The Tigers are 5-4 entering the weekend after going 3-1 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona last weekend.

The Tigers lead the overall series 3-2 defeating the Redhawks 2-1 in nine innings at last year's inaugural Blues City Classic

Evansville: The Aces are 5-3 entering the weekend after particpating in the Auburn Tiger Invitational last weekend. The Aces went 4-1 during the tournament and had three players named to the All-Tournament team.

The Aces as a team averaged five runs per game and just a little over four RBI per game. The Aces also picked up 39 hits in the tournament. Offensively, Cassey Kemna leads all hitters at the plate with a .450 average followed by Krista Price, who is batting .435 with eight RBI. McKee leads all pitchers with a 1.17 ERA and only allowing three runs on ten hits in 18 innings of work this season.

The Redhawks lead the overall series 39-25. Last season the Redhawks split a doubleheader with the Redhawks after losing 2-1 in last year's Blues City Classic.

Alabama A&M: The Bulldogs are 0-2 after dropping a pair of games to Tennessee State in Nashville, Tennessee over the weekend.

The Redhawks won the only meeting between the schools. Last year the Redhawks defeated the Bulldogs 8-0 in the Blues City Classic last year.

BLUES CITY CLASSIC HISTORY

Last year the Redhawks finished third in the opening year of the Blues City Classic with a 2-2 record. The Redhawks kicked-off the tournament with a 2-1 loss to Memphis in nine innings. Lindsay Pickering hit a solo homerun in the fourth inning for the Redhawks lone run. The Redhawks eventually fell when Kara Ross hit a walk-off homerun off of Elaine Fisher.

The Redhawks bounced back later in the day 8-0 win over Alabama A&M. Four of the runs came via the long ball highlighted by a Megan McDonald three-run blast. Lauren Bradley picked up her first career victory in the circle with a four-inning complete game shutout.

In day two the Redhawks fell to eventual tournament champioon Evansville 3-2 in seven innings and later defeated Central Arkansas 11-1. In the game against Central Arkansas McDonald went 3-3 with two homeruns and Pickering drove in four runs.

Bradley and McDonald were named to the All-Tournament Team. Bradley batted .454 and went 2-0 in the circle yielding only one unearned run while striking out seven. McDonald batted .416 with three homeruns and six RBIs.

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