Red Raider Softball Clenches Two Wins at Stanford Invitational|
Feb. 26, 2005
STANFORD, California - The Red Raider softball team rode the arms of pitchers Erin Crawford and Sarah Losleben today for two wins. Tech defeated Alabama-Birmingham 1-0 in extra innings and beat Sacramento State 4-1.
In the first game of day two for Tech, the Red Raiders battled Alabama-Birmingham and went into extra innings with the score 0-0. Due to the international tiebreaker rule, both teams automatically placed a runner on second base. UAB batted first in the 8th but they were not able to execute. Freshman Devin Zaragoza started at second for Tech and then advanced to third on a baulk by sophomore UAB pitcher Brittany Hodge. Freshman Jennifer Corkin hit a single to right field on a 3-1 count to score Zaragoza for the win.
Losleben pitched a complete game for the Red Raiders bringing her record to 3-1 on the season. Losleben allowed only three hits and had five strikeouts and no walks. The Red Raiders had seven hits during the game.
In game two, the Red Raiders held Sacramento State to only one run while Tech posted four runs in the third inning.
In the third, all nine Tech batters went to the plate. Senior Lisa Lawler started the Red Raiders going as she walked to first base. Amanda Oakes came in to pinch run for Lawler and advanced to second off of a single to right field from sophomore Heather Parker. Sophomore Natalie Kula singled to second base and then advanced to third on the throw. Oakes advanced on the error and then scored on the throw.
Leadoff hitter, Ashley Parker reached first on an error by Sacramento State third baseman, loading the bases for Tech. Zaragoza reached on a fielders choice by shortstop as H, Parker was put out at home. Jennifer Corkin singled down the right field line scoring Kula and A, Parker. Zaragoza was able to score off an error by the second baseman.
Sacramento State's response in the third was not enough as they only posted one run off of two hits.
Erin Crawford pitched the entire game for the Red Raiders tallying six strikeouts, one walk and eight hits. Her record is now 2-2 on the season.
"Today's wins were two great wins for Texas Tech softball," said head coach Teresa Wilson. "The team worked hard, fought hard, communicated well and executed the fundamentals. Today is a good day to build on."
The Red Raiders are set to compete with UC Davis at 1 p.m. (CT) on Sun., Feb. 27.