Texas Tech Comes Up Short On Day Two|
Feb. 21, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Texas Tech softball came up short against New Mexico, 4-6, and the Wisconsin Badgers, 1-2, on the second day of the Lobo Invitational. Alex Watkins and Stephanie Drewry each went 4-7 on the day, while Elizabeth Eimen went 4-6 with two RBI. The Red Raiders will conclude play in Albuquerque tomorrow against host New Mexico at 1:00 p.m.
New Mexico got on the board first scoring three runs in the second inning courtesy of a Lobo double and a home run. Texas Tech rallied in the third when Leah Legler and Drewry singled to get on base, and were brought home on singles by Megan Shupp and Alex Watkins. Shupp then scored on a single by Eimen knotting the score at three.
New Mexico added a run in the fifth and two in the sixth upping the score to, 6-3. Tech added a run in the seventh when Watkins doubled and scored on an Eimen double but the rally fell short with the final, 6-4. Legler had two hits and a run scored, while Drewry had four hits. Watkins and Gentsch added two hits each, and Eimen had three hits and two RBI. Watkins, who came on in relief of Ashly Jacobs, was charged with the loss, her first decision of the season.
In game two, Tech's first night game of the season, the Wisconsin Badgers took the lead on a two run home run in the second. Tech got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Watkins singled, scoring Drewry who had reached on an error. The bats remained quiet for the rest of the game and the Badgers escaped with the 2-1 win. Watkins had two hits and an RBI, including a booming double off the wall in center field to open the seventh frame, but the Red Raiders could not capitalize. Legler and Eimen contributed a hit a piece in the contest. Tye Coats (1-2) went the distance and suffered the loss in an otherwise solid performance.
Texas Tech will return to action tomorrow as it faces host New Mexico at 1:00 p.m. Fans can follow the action live at www.texastech.com.