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Mar. 29, 1997

Red Raiders Lose Two to Jayhawks

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech softball team lost both ends of a doubleheader today to Kansas. The Jayhawks took the first game 7-0 and the second 7-4.

In their first Big 12 game of the season, Tech held the Jayhawks scoreless until the top of the third inning when Heather Richins scored Christy McPhail on a fielder's choice. Kansas scored two more runs in the following inning as Michelle Hubler scored on a passed ball and Sarah McCann crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by McPhail. The final four runs for Kansas came in the fifth. Holland scored on a Richins single to left field. Richins then scored on a throwing error. Hubler came in on a McCann double and McCann rounded the bags on a double by Julie True. Sarah Workman picked up the win, while Danielle Brady fell to 15-6 on the season.

In the second game, Kansas scored three runs in the top of the first to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Sara Holland scored from second off a single by Richins. Richins later stole third and advanced home on an error by Red Raider catcher Ellen Middleton. Hubler then hit a single to left field that scored two runs.

The Jayhawks continued their assault in the second as Shannon Stanwix hit a sacrifice fly to score Richins. A single by Michelle Hubler scored the final run of the inning.

Tech answered by scoring one run off a double by designated player Lora DeLashmutt. The two teams then traded runs for the last innings. After Tech scored in the bottom of the fourth, Kansas answered with a run in the top of the fifth. Tech returned the run in the bottom of the inning. Kansas then put another one on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth, while Tech made a short lived rally attempt in the bottom of the seventh that scored Denise Jackson. Emily Hayes (9-8) took the loss, while Christy McPhail got the win.

The Red Raiders fell to 31-17-1 on the season and 0-2 in Big 12 play. Kansas upped their mark to 22-10 and remained undefeated in conference play at 4-0.

"Costly errors at crucial times really gave us problems today. Our offensive attack was not able to make up for that," head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie said.

The Red Raiders will return to action tomorrow as they host Missouri in a Big 12 doubleheader beginning at noon.

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