Red Raider Softball Drop Two on First Day of Tournament|
Feb. 25, 2005
STANFORD, California - Sophomore Ashley Parker and senior Natalie Enderlin both went 2 for 4 for the Red Raiders on day one of the Stanford Invitational. The Red Raiders fell 4-1 to Auburn and 8-4 to No. 4 Stanford.
Auburn edged the Red Raiders, 4-1 in Tech's first game of the tournament. Auburn was the first to score as they posted two runs in the third when lead off hitter, Ashley Griffin hit a two-run homerun over the left field fence.
The Red Raiders put their only score up in the fourth inning as senior Kelly Rhyne hit a double to left field scoring Enderlin. Enderlin also accounted for Tech's other hit as she singled to centerfield in the sixth inning.
Auburn put their last two runs up in the sixth after a single and sacrifice fly both to left field. Auburn sophomore pitcher Holly Currie, now 7-3, threw a career high of 11 strikeouts as she threw a complete game against the Red Raiders allowing two hits, one run and two walks.
Junior Erin Crawford got the loss for Tech making her record 1-2 on the season. Crawford pitching five innings with five hits, four runs, two walks and three strikeouts. Senior Keely Tucker pitched one inning of relief for the Red Raiders facing four batters.
In the second game the Red Raiders fell 8-4 against No. 4 Stanford. Stanford freshman hurler Becky McCullough pitched 4.2 innings of relief giving up five hits, two runs and five strikeouts.
Stanford posted four runs in the first inning, three crossing the plate when freshman Tricia Aggabao who hit a triple to right center.
The Red Raiders put up one run in the bottom of the first when A, Parker scored as Rhyne reached first on an error by second base.
Stanford responded next as they posted two more runs in the third. The first run came after a double down the left field line by senior Meghan Sickler. Sickler scored after teammate Erin Howe hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Tech was also able to score in the third as they posted one run making the score 6-2, Stanford. Junior Amanda Oakes ran the bases for freshman Jennifer Corkin after she reached base off a walk. After advancing around the bases due to passed balls, Oakes scored on a passed ball, posting the Red Raiders lone run in that inning. Tech also posted one run in the fourth inning as pinch runner Heather Freeman scored when sophomore Devin Zaragoza hit a single down the left field line.
Stanford scored another two runs in the fifth as senior Leah Nelson scored when Sickler nailed a triple to right center. Sickler accounted for the second run when she scored off of Howe's double to right field.
The Red Raiders responded in the fifth, but it was not enough to overcome Stanford's run. Rhyne scored the last run for the Red Raiders as she crossed the plate when sophomore Heather Parker hit a single to left field.
Junior Julie Hauck started on the mound for Tech pitching 2.1 innings and was the pitcher of record, bringing her to 0-3 on the season. Freshman Sarah Losleben pitched 4.2 innings of relief accounting for five hits, two runs, one walk and five strikeouts.
"Our level of play improved dramatically today," said head coach Teresa Wilson, "despite the outcome. We had some solid innings against a No. 4 team (Stanford) and a team that played well in post season last year (Auburn). Again, we are not happy with the outcome but the process is starting to get better."
Sat., Feb. 26, the Red Raiders will face UAB at 7p.m. and Sacramento St. at 9 p.m. (CT).