Softball Wins Three
Feb. 27, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas -The Texas Tech fastpitch softball team defeated Alabama (2-1), Austin Peay (15-0), and Northeastern Illinois (8-0) today in the University of Alabama tournament in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Red Raiders moved to 15-4 on the season.
In game one, Texas Tech and Alabama entered the seventh inning scoreless before senior outfielder Denise Jackson entered the lineup and hit a homerun to give Tech a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Stephanie Walls got on base by hitting a single. Walls made her way around the bases, scoring the second run of the game before Alabama retired the Red Raiders one batter later. The seventh inning outing ended the scoring drought and put the Red Raiders up 2-0. Alabama came back, scoring a solo homerun in the bottom of the seventh, but the Red Raiders held on to win it 2-1. Amanda Renfro picked up the win for Tech, improving to 6-2.
In the second game the scoring belonged to Texas Tech as the Red Raiders dropped Austin Peay 15-0. Tech scored 15 runs on 14 hits while Emily Hayes recorded the win moving to 5-1 on the season.
The Red Raiders won their third game of the day when they run-ruled Northeastern Illinois 8-0 in five innings. Tech's stellar defense allowed no runs in the contest. Danielle Brady went the distance and posted a win, her record moves to 4-1.
"The wins today were huge, our offense really came alive today," said head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie. "Denise Jackson entered the first game today and hit one out. I think she started the spark and the rest of the team followed. Today is the best offensive effort I have seen out of our team this season. If we hit this well tomorrow we should have a shot at winning the whole tournament."
The Red Raiders will continue action in the University of Alabama tournament tomorrow at 11 a.m. The opponent selection will be made prior to the contest. Semifinals are scheduled for tomorrow at 1 p.m. with the championship game to be played at 4 p.m. The tournament was restructured due to the possibility rain on Sunday.