Mar. 26, 1997
Red Raiders Host Eastern New Mexico
In their first home game since March 9, the Red Raiders face Eastern New Mexico in a double header. The game was added to Tech's roster after the University of Texas-Permian Basin game on March 11 was cancelled. It will be the first meeting between the two teams.
Eastern New Mexico is 1-22 on the season, with their lone victory coming over Bellevue (11-6) on March 12. They are led by pitcher/infielder Jennifer Doolittle who is currently hitting .448, with 19 RBIs, nine doubles, six triples and five homeruns. Catcher Misty Sarracino is behind Dolittle with a batting average of .429.
Red Raider Spotlight
Jessica Karenke * Jr. * Catcher
Last season, Jessica was the Red Raiders only true catcher. She handled the receiving duties in 44 of Tech's 48 games.
A 1994 graduate of United Township High School in East Moline, Ill., Jessica played at Lincoln College before transferring to Tech. While at Lincoln she was named team captain and hit .421 as a freshman.
In high school, Jessica was named first team All-Area catcher and was the team MVP as a junior. Her United Township team finished as State Runner-ups in 1991 and made it to the Elite Eight in 1993. They finished as Conference Champions in 1992 and 1994. During her senior year, Jessica served as team captain.
Jessica wants to work as an elementary teacher after graduating from Tech. Away from softball, she enjoys spending time with her nephew.
Kim Tillett * Jr * Infielder
While at Bradley, Kim batted .400 during the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
A 1994 graduate of Springfield High in Springfield, Ill., Kim was an All-Conference and All-City selection for four consecutive years. Her team finished third in the state during the 1993 season. She was twice named the Female Scholar Athlete of the Week and received the Illinois Girls Coaches Association award for softball.
This season Kim's batting average of .397 is the second best on the Red Raider squad. She is an accounting major who plans to graduate in the Spring of 1998.
The 1997 Red Raiders
New to the Red Raider squad are a host of talented freshman and experienced transfers. Denise Jackson and Kim Martinez join the team from the softball rich Sacramento City College in Sacramento, Calif., while Stephanie Walls comes to Tech from the University of New Mexico. Freshman include Christine Munoz, Beth Hurley, Christina Jenkins, Paula Workman, Crystal Morgan, Stephenie McCoy, Tamara Harrington and Ellen Middleton.
Head Coach Renee Luers-Gillispie
Prior to coming to Tech, Gillispie was head coach at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. and Joliet College in Joliet, Ill.
Gillispie began her softball career as a pitcher from Danville, Iowa. She then went on to play at Kirkwood Community College where she pitched in two NJCAA National Championship Tournaments. In 1981, Gillispie was ranked ninth nationally in NJCAA pitching. From there, she then went to West Texas State University. In Divison I play at WTSU, Gillispie recorded nine career pitching records, including most wins, most strikeouts and most saves.
Assisting Gillispie are Bobby Reeves and John Harris.
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