Texas Tech Rattles No. 2 Florida, But Falls 7-3
Feb. 28, 2009
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Texas Tech Red Raiders put it all out on the field Saturday night against No. 2 Florida, but was unable to come away with the win falling, 7-3. Gator pitcher Stephanie Brombacher who has seven complete games in nine starts, was rattled early by Tech and was pulled in favor of consensus All-American Stacey Nelson.
Florida (17-2) got off to a quick start, scoring three in the first inning. The Red Raiders (4-13) came charging back in the third, when Leah Legler walked and advanced to second when Elizabeth Eimen singled up the left side. Megan Shupp then followed up with a hit to left field to score Legler. Holley Gentsch hit a single of her own to center field, to push Eimen across the plate to make the score, 3-2. The Gators added two in the bottom of the frame on a pair of home runs by Francesca Enea and Kelsey Bruder to pull ahead, 5-2.
Tech added one more run in the fifth when Megan Shupp walked and scored on an error by the Gator catcher making the score, 5-3. Florida put two more runs on the board in the sixth and take the eventual win, 7-3.
Alex Watkins pitched six innings striking out five, while recording two hits at bat including a double off the left field wall. Eimen recorded two hits and one run scored, while freshmen Gentsch added a hit and an RBI. Ashley Hamada added in a hit of her own, while Shupp had one RBI on one hit.
Going into tonight, Florida was only giving up an average of .83 runs per game, and its pitching staff was holding opponents to batting .158. Texas Tech managed to bat .250 and knock in three runs against the Gators, to help pace a respectable performance against the No. 2 team in the country.
The Red Raiders will be back in action tomorrow as they face the University of the Pacific sometime in the morning. Keep your web browsers tuned to www.texastech.com to further updates.
Note: "Sometime in the morning," refers to the somewhat shady weather reports the old gal and McGuyver have been receiving. Stay tuned as the game may begin earlier or later than the scheduled start time.