Red Raiders Drop Game To No. 9/11 Stanford
Feb. 7, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz - Texas Tech softball fell to 2-2 on the season dropping two tough contests to Oregon and No. 9/11 Stanford on the second day of the Kajikawa Classic. The Ducks pulled off the win in eight innings, 4-3, with a late rally in game one of the day. The Stanford Cardinal pulled past the Red Raiders thanks in part to two, two-run home runs by junior catcher Rosey Neill.
In game one, Ashley Hamada went through the fence on a long fly ball to left field and held on to prevent an early Oregon (2-2) home run. The Ducks took a lead in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run by Moniqe Fuiava to make the score, 1-0. Texas Tech (2-2) tied the score in the fifth on an RBI fielder's choice by Megan Shupp which score Emily Bledsoe from third.
The game remained deadlocked forcing extra innings. With international tie breaker rules in effect to start the eighth, Alex Watkins brought home Megan Shupp on a sacrifice bunt to take the lead, 2-1. Jennifer Lee came on to pinch run for Tye Coats who had singled up the middle. With Lee on, freshman Holley Gentsch doubled up the middle to score the runner upping the score to, 3-1. However, Oregon mounted a rally of its own in the bottom of the inning scoring three runs and the eventual win, 4-3.
In game two, No. 9 Stanford jumped out to an early lead going ahead, 1-0. Tech responded in the third on a single by Leah Legler, who went three for three against Cardinal ace, Missy Penna, scoring Danielle Matthews who had reached on an error. The Stanford Cardinal pulled away for good in the fifth on the first of Neill's two-run bombs. Neill blasted another two-run shot in the seventh to make the final score, 6-1. Besides Legler's offensive game, other highlights included the debut of freshman left-hander, Karli Merlich who saw her first action from the circle.
Pitchers Ashly Jacobs and Tye Coats each moved to 1-1 on the season with their respective losses. Freshman catcher Gentsch continued to impress with two hits. Defensively, she threw out a pair of potential thieves versus Oregon and picked off a Cardinal at second (no birds were harmed as the Cardinal refers to a tree and not a bird, which is also why it's singular). Freshman Emily Bledsoe was rock solid again on defense making impressive plays in both games and drawing oohs and aahs from the crowd which swelled to an estimated 750 people by mid-day.
Texas Tech concludes the Arizona State Kajikawa Classic tomorrow at 1:15 p.m. CT (please note the late time change) against the Western Michigan Broncos. Fans can follow the action live on the softball page at www.texastech.com, one way or another.
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