Mar. 30, 1997

Red Raiders Lose Two to Nationally Ranked Missouri

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech softball team lost two games today to the No. 14 Missouri Tigers. Missouri shutout Tech, 10-0, in the first game and took the second, 10-4.

Missouri controlled the first game, scoring runs in the second, third and fourth innings. In the top of the third, Kelley Woolford scored on a single to centerfield by Nicky Smith. The Tigers got three runs in the third, as Mary Babb scored on a first base single by Kim Slover. Jamie Lowry scored on a passed ball by catcher Ellen Middleton before Barb Wright scored the final run of the inning. The fourth inning was more of the same as Missouri scored six runs. Nikki Herman started things off by scoring on an error by the left fielder. Lowry then doubled to left, scoring Babb Wright then hit a two run homer that scored Lowry. Pinch runner Dawn Dugan and Slover scored on a double by Germinhardt

Jenny Cannon got the loss for Tech., bringing her season record to 7-3. Barb Wright picked up the win.

In game two, Missouri scored four runs in the top of the second, as Woodall crossed home after Bailey reached first on an error by Kim Martinez. Smith scored on a passed ball, followed by Bailey, who reached home on a single by Gerninhardt. Tech answered in the bottom of the inning, when Workman scored on a sacrifice by Denise Jackson. Munoz scored after an error by the Tiger shortstop.

In the third, Missouri scored three runs. Babb scored on a center field double by Lowry. Lowry then came home on a single by Wright. A single by Woodall scored pinch runner Woolford. Tech responded by scoring a single run, as Lora DeLashmutt homered for the second time this season.

The Tigers added two more runs in the top of the fifth. Geminhardt tripled, then later scored on an error by shortstop Kim Martinez. Babb crossed home on a single by Christy Skouby. Red Raider right fielder Denise Jackson hit her first homerun of the season to give Tech one run in the bottom of the inning.

The final run of the game came in the top of the sixth, as a Skouby double scored Babb. Hayes picked her eighth loss of the season, while Tonya Winberry got the win.

"In the first game we lacked any offensive power and mental mistakes cost us," head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie said. "The second game was somewhat better from an offensive stand point. Missouri is a tough team. They have a lot of speed on both sides of the bat and they get to the ball defensively. When you play a team like that, you have to hit where they aren't and we did not do that successfully."

Tech falls to 31-19-1 on the season and 0-4 in Big-12 play, while Missouri climbs to 30-8 overall and 4-0 in conference action.

The Red Raiders will travel to Odessa to play the Univeristy of Texas-Permian Basin in a non conference game on April 1. The double hader is cheduled to being at 3 p.m.


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