2017 Memphis Softball Preview Tigers open season in florida on february 10

The Tigers travel to Florida International for the first tournament of the season. Memphis will compete against Seton Hall, FIU, and Georgetown on February 10-12, 2017 in Miami, Fla.
This is the fifth time in school history and third-straight year Memphis has traveled to FIU for a non-conference tournament.
Memphis then has two more road tournaments (in Las Vegas and Boca Raton) before coming home for three-straight tournaments in March.
The Memphis tournaments are the Blues City Classic on March 3-5, the UofM Softball Tournament on March 10-12, and the Tiger Classic on March 17-18. All three will be played at the Tiger Softball Complex.
Memphis has five non-conference Power 5 opponents and 27 games this season at home.
Memphis was picked to finish fifth in the American Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.
The 2017 senior class is one with a significant amount of experience and success at the University of Memphis.
Lindsay Crowdus, a native of Houma, La., comes into the season as the individual career batting average leader (.323). She has played in 153 games to date and ranks first in program history in triples with 14 and third in total hits. Crowdus plays in the outfield for Memphis.
With 27 stolen bases in 2016, Hannah Harrell set the program record for stolen bases in a season. She is just eight stolen bases shy of matching the career record of 57 set by Leandra Hines from 2006-09. Harrell is an outfielder from Ashland, Miss.
Calli Irvin has spent her entire collegiate career at Memphis and has experience at the plate and in the circle. Irvin, a native of Plano, Texas, is one of three current Tigers with a grand slam. In 2016, Irvin pitched 54.0 innings and had a 3-2 overall record with a team-high two saves.
Lindsey Stickrod is in her second season at Memphis after transferring in from Chattanooga State last year. Stickrod hit .305 in 2016 with a team-high 54 hits, 10 doubles, and 81 total bases. She started in all 57 games at first base for Memphis.
With seven members strong, the 2017 junior class is the largest class this year for Memphis.
Memphis returns it's leading pitcher from a year ago in Molly Smith. Smith recorded an 11-16 record with a 2.91 ERA in a team-leading 149.0 innings pitched. Her 123 strikeouts ranked fifth in the American Athletic Conference.
Kyler Trosclair had a very successful 2016 season. The junior outfielder from Houma, La. finished the year with 23 stolen bases (second most in a season all-time), .302 batting average and 52 hits. She comes into her junior year with a career batting average of .304.
Brooke Lee, an infielder from Meraux, La., led the Tigers last season with seven home runs. Lee finished the year with a .272 batting average with 43 hits and starts in all 57 games for Memphis.
Christian Novak, a native of Nevada, Mo., pitched in 63.0 innings last season with 13 appearances for the Tigers. She ended the year with a 4-5 record and 3.78 ERA. Novak also finished with four complete games and was second on the team with 41 strikeouts.
Katie Brignac, a pitcher from River Ridge, La., pitched in 11 games for the Tigers and saw eight appearances at the plate. In 2015, Brignac led the Tigers with five home runs. In 2016, Brignac struck out 20 batters with two complete games.
Addison Maxwell played in 33 games a year ago with 75 plate appearances. Maxwell, a utility player from Collierville, Tenn., scored 12 runs for the Tigers last year.
Tori Harris rejoins the Tigers after not playing in 2016. In 2015, she saw action in four games. Harris is a catcher from Millington, Tenn.
The 2017 sophomore class includes Jessie Lamb, Regan Hadley, Bayleigh Wisher and Tyler Johnson.
Jessie Lamb, an outfielder from Metropolis, Ill., played in 49 games for the Tigers with 45 starts as a freshman. She ended with a .286 batting average and 15 stolen bases, a total that is the ninth most in program history. Lamb also ranked second on the team with a .420 on base percentage.
Tyler Johnson finished the 2016 season with a .260 batting average and 55 starts for the Tigers. Johnson, a native of Lakewood, Calif., finished with four home runs and 40 total hits for Memphis.
Regan Hadley, who joined the Tigers in the spring of 2016, played in 48 games for Memphis. She ended the year with 26 total hits, three doubles, and three home runs. Hadley is a catcher from Georgetown, Ind.
Bayleigh Wisher, a native of Collierville, Tenn., pitched in 12 games for Memphis. Wisher finished with a 4-1 record in 43.1 innings pitched. She also struck out 27 batters and had two complete games.
Memphis welcomes four freshmen to the field in 2017 in Xiomara Santiago, Sara Ann Davidson, Erin Parker, and Rebeca Melton.
Xiomara Santiago, an infielder, is a native of Cleveland, Ohio who attended North Royalton High School. Santiago was an all-conference honoree every season and at one point during her high school career, she hit a home run in three-straight games.
Sara Ann Davidson comes to Memphis from Ripley, Tenn. where she attended Ripley High School. Prior to her signing, Davidson was a three-time all-district honoree, a two-time all-region honoree, and a two-time all-tournament player.
Erin Parker attended North Oldham High School in Louisville, Ky. where she set the school record for consecutive stolen bases with 29 at a junior. Parker was an all-region honoree and was named all-district every season since eighth grade.
Rebeca Melton, a catcher from Charlotte, Tenn., attended Creek Wood High School. Prior to signing, her sophomore and junior teams won the district championship and her 2014 team advanced to the state championship game.
At the turn of the spring semester, the Tigers added freshman catcher Ashten Graves. Graves transferred from Southeastern Louisiana University and is a native of Pocahontas, Ark.
Head coach Natalie Poole enters her sixth season at Memphis. Two players have earned all-conference honors under Poole and since joining the American in 2014, Memphis has had four players of the week, 21 weekly honor roll recipients, and 33 all-academic team recipients. Ten players have also earned the honor of being an NFCA Scholar Athlete while under Poole's guidance. Poole is assisted by associate head coach Andy Lott, assistant coach Ellen Renfroe Reed, and volunteer assistant coach Daniel Stockdale.
Admission is free for all softball games at the Tiger Softball Complex. Come out and support the 2017 Memphis Tigers! #GoTigersGo


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