Texas Tech Comes from Behind to Beat Virginia
Feb. 16, 2007
Tucson, Ariz. - It took almost three hours, but Texas Tech (4-2) came from behind to beat Virginia (3-3), 8-7, in a game which featured 28 hits and three lead changes.
Down 7-6 in the seventh and with two out, pinch hitter Whitney Riley doubled to the wall in right center and came around to score the tying run when pinch hitter Alex Watkins singled her home. Ashley Parker and Devin Zaragoza (who was 4-for-4 with a double) were intentionally walked bring up Montana Patin. The sophomore right fielder drew a walk for plate a run and gain the game-winning RBI. Ashly Jacobs (3-1), who came on to relieve starter Sarah Losleben, picked up the win for the Red Raiders.
The Red Raiders posted three in the first as A. Parker greeted Virginia starter, Karla Wilburn with a single up the middle, advanced on a single by Zaragoza and came home on an RBI single by Patin, who advanced to second on a play at the plate. During Jennifer Corkin's at bat, an illegal pitch was called on Wilburn which moved Patin to third and scored Zaragoza. Patin scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Corkin.
But, the Cavaliers responded in the top half of the second when Brooke Sorber was plunked by Losleben. After striking out Michelle Salmiery, Losleben coaxed a ground ball out of Lindsey Preuss, but the ball sailed to the fence in right center field as third baseman Brooke Neuman attempted to start the double play. Sorber scored and Preuss wound up at third. Meghan O'Leary singled in Preuss, Nicole Koren singled in O'Leary and Elea Crockett walked. Jacobs entered and Kelly Haller doubled to the wall on a 1-2 offering from Jacobs, scoring both Koren and Crockett. Jacobs struck out the remaining two batters, but five runs scored.
Virginia extended its lead in the top of the third when Sorber singled, advanced on an infield single by Pruess, moved over when O'Leary was hit by a pitch and an RBI fielder's choice by Koren.
The Red Raiders began to chip away at the deficit in the home half of the third as Zaragoza singled, moved to second on a single by Patin and scored on a Corkin double. Patin scored on an RBI single by Jennifer Bowers, before Cavalier reliever Coty Tolar settled down and retired the side still up one, 6-5.
Texas Tech tied the game in the fourth when A. Parker singled and scored on a double by Zaragoza. The score was knotted at six when Virginia got a leadoff single by Crockett who scored when Abby Snyder doubled her home a few batters later which set up the seventh inning heroics by the Red Raiders.
The game was the first of the Worth Wildcat Tournament and caused a one-hour delay in the schedule. In the end, it was time well spent. The nightcap features the No. 4-ranked Arizona Wildcats and Texas Tech. Arizona is using a program called "Live Stats" to score the game via the Internet and fans should move to the Arizona Wildcat page in order to access the play by play and box scores. (Note that on the Arizona Web site the feature is called Live Stats and not GameTracker, but it functions largely the same.) In other games, Virginia beat Middle Tennessee State, 11-10!, and is leading Temple, 7-6 as of this writing. All this is to say that the 5 p.m. game will more likely begin at 7 p.m. MT.
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