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Mar. 27, 1997

Red Raiders Take Two From Eastern New Mexico

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech softball team battled Eastern New Mexico and the wind today as they won both games of a doubleheader, 15-1 and 10-2.

In the opening game, Tech jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Junior Denise Jackson and freshman Paula Workman were on base for Tech, when junior shortstop Kim Martinez hit her 10th homerun of the season. Four more runs were scored before the Zias were able to close the inning.

Tech then lit up the second inning as a Martinez doubled to left field scoring Workman. Freshman Tamara Harrington followed that with a triple that brought Martinez home. Two singles put runners on, as catcher Jessica Karenke brought them both in with a triple. Karenke later scored on a ground out by freshman Christina Munoz. Martinez returned to the plate near the end of the inning to hit a bases loaded double that scored three runs.

That's all the runs Tech would need as they held the Zias scoreless through five innings.

In the second contest of the day, Eastern New Mexico scored two runs in the top of the first. The Red Raiders answered by scoring three in the bottom. Martinez scored two runs on a triple, then came home thanks to an error by Zia shortstop Kari Board. Tech scored three more in the following inning when an Eastern New Mexico error scored Kim Tillett, Harrington and Martinez. Tech's next two runs came in the fourth when a triple by Harrington scored Martinez and Tillett. The game was ended when freshman Ellen Middleton tripled in the bottom of the six to score Tillett and Workman.

Texas Tech improved their season mark to 31-15-1, while Eastern New Mexico fell to 1-24 in their first season of play. The next game for the Red Raiders will be on Saturday as they open Big 12 play against Kansas. The double header will begin at noon at the Berl Huffman Complex. Tech will follow that with another doubleheader on Sunday against Missouri, also beginning at noon. Admission is free.

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