Red Raiders Run Past Gauchos
March 7, 2009
LAS VEGAS - Texas Tech softball moved to 6-14 on the season after defeating UC Santa Barbara (11-9), 8-6, before dropping game two to host UNLV (14-8), 0-6. Megan Shupp blasted a three-run home run against the Gauchos, her second of the season to help pace the Red Raiders in the win.
Stephanie Drewry started things off for Tech against UC Santa Barbara getting a leadoff single, followed by Leah Legler with a single of her own. With two outs, Shupp blasted a three-run home run over the center field wall giving Tech the early advantage, 3-0. Techs' bats remained hot in the second inning when Holley Gentsch reached on a fielder's choice followed by an Ashley Hamada single. Stephanie Drewry brought a run home on a single, and another run scored on a sacrifice fly by Legler making the score, 6-0.
The Gauchos did not go away easily, scoring three runs in the fourth and fifth innings to tie the game, 6-6. The Red Raiders mounted a rally in the sixth when Drewry drew a walk, and rounded the bases to score a run on a single by Elizabeth Eimen to give Tech the lead, 7-6. In the seventh, pitcher Ashly Jacobs got her first career hit, and scored on a single by Legler to seal the win for Tech, 8-6.
Jacobs, who came on in relief of Watkins in the fifth, struck out seven of the 11 batters she faced and improved to 4-5 on the season. Drewry went 2-4 with an RBI and three runs scored, while Legler with 2-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Eimen hit 3-5 with an RBI, and Megan Shupp went 2-4 with two RBI. Jennifer Lee also went 2-2 on the day.
In game two, UNLV took the lead on a solo home run in the second by Elena Fata. Holley Gentsch doubled for Tech in the third, but was unable to score. The Rebel got another solo home run in the third, and a three-run shot from Brittany Meade to make the score, 5-0. Emily Bledsoe singled in the fifth, but the Red Raiders were unable to bring her around. Rebel Brittany Bolinger hit a solo home run of her own in the sixth to up the score to, 6-0. With Tech up to bat in the seventh, Skyler Peterson doubled down the left field line but the Red Raiders were unable to rally and took the loss, 6-0.
Jacobs pitched a complete game, and fell to 4-6 on the season. Bledsoe, Peterson, and Gentsch all recorded one hit each in the loss.
The Red Raiders will be in action tomorrow as they face the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame at 12:00 CT. Fans can follow the action live at www.texastech.com
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