Tech Earns a Split on the Day|
March 6, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech softball team pushed its win streak to 15 games with a 4-1 win over Boise State but then faltered and dropped a 5-2 decision to move to 17-2 on the season after the pair of games at Rocky Johnson Field.
Hillary Phillips (4-0) pitched five complete innings and scattered a pair of hits, a walk and two hit batsmen along with three strikeouts to pick up the win, and Ashley Brokeshoulder came on in relief to throw the final two frames in her first action in two weeks after being sidelined to illness. The freshman gave up a home run as the only blemish in the first game of the day for Tech. Logan Hall had a pair of hits and scored a run and Emily Bledsoe, Mikey Kenney, Raven Richardson and Ashley Hamada each collected runs batted in to highlight the Red Raiders offense.
Karli Merlich (7-1) got the start for Tech in game two and struggled a bit with control in the early going and finished with three runs (all earned) on three hits and a pair of walks issued. Ashly Jacobs came on to relieve Merlich and pitched four innings, giving up a pair of consecutive hits, a single and a home run. The pair combined for four strikeouts. Despite getting seven hits from the Red Raiders offense, including a triple by Stephanie Drewry and a pair of hits each for Hall and Kenney, Wichita State starter Kasha Kolb was effective in shutting down Tech's generally productive offense.
The Red Raiders hope to get back in the win column tomorrow morning when it hosts Boise State at 10 a.m. followed by another meeting with Wichita State, scheduled for Noon.