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Feb. 18, 1997

Red Raiders Softball Team Wins Home Openers

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Red Raiders softball team opened its 1997 home season with shutout victories over Abilene Christian University Tuesday at the Berl Huffman Complex.

In the first game of the doubleheader, Texas Tech picked up an 8-0 win in five innings. Tamara Harrington started things off by scoring on an error in the second inning, however, it would be the next two inning that would allow the Red Raiders to pick up the runs needed to end the game in the fifth inning. In the third, Paula Workman and Ellen Middleton scored on a a home run by junior Kim Martinez. Tech the delivered the knockout blow in the next inning as Kim Munoz scored on a home run by Paula Workman. Middleton and Martinez turned ACU errors into Texas Tech runs.

It was more of the same for ACU in game two as Texas Tech blanked the Wildcats 10-0 in five innings. Workman and Middleeton scored two runs in the bottom of the first before the Red Raiders exploded in the third. Workman and Middleton scored on a Martinez home run. Also scoring in the inning were Denise Jackson on a fielder's chose by Stephanie Walls, who later scored on a single by Lora DeLashmutt. In the fourth inning, Jackson scored again, this time on a double by Harrington.

Freshman Paula Workman finished the day with two singles, two doubles, and a home run in six at-bats. She also had three putouts and seven assists from her shortstop position.

"It was a good day for us," Texas Tech head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie said. "Offensively, we did a lot of things well. We were excited about playing at home and I think that showed. Paula Workman did a great job for us both offensively and defensively."

The wins bring Texas Tech's overall mark to 10-4-1. This weekend, will travel to San Antonio to play in the University of Texas-San Antonio Tournament.

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