Red Raider Softball Victorious on Day One of Wichita St. Tournament|
March 11, 2005
WICHITA, Kansas - The Texas Tech Softball team added two more marks in the win column as they defeated Valparaiso 2-0 in the first game and Missouri-Kansas City 11-2 in the second game of the Wichita St. Tournament in Wichita, Kansas. The Red Raiders are now 10-8 on the season.
In the 2-0 win over the Valpos, sophomore Natalie Kula nailed a homerun to centerfield scoring Brandy Moulin in the second inning. Freshman Sarah Losleben threw for five innings allowing only five hits and striking out nine of the 21 batters she faced. Losleben is now 5-1 on the season. Senior Keely Tucker pitched two innings of relief, striking out one of the seven batters she faced. Tucker earned her first save of the season.
The Red Raiders played solid against Missouri-Kansas City as Tech won 11-2 after five innings of play and senior Natalie Enderlin went 3 for 4 for Tech. The Red Raiders scored first in the second inning when Kula scored off of an error by shortstop. UMKC responded in the bottom of the inning scoring their only two runs. Tech posted one more run in the third inning when Moulin doubled to left center scoring Enderlin.
UMKC was not able to hold the Red Raiders as they posted seven runs in the fourth inning. The first run came when freshman Jennifer Corkin singled to right field scoring freshman Jennifer Bowers who had reached base by a single up the middle. Senior Kelly Rhyne singled to right field scoring sophomore Ashley Parker who got on base by an error by shortstop. With the bases loaded, UMKC pitcher Jessica Heimann hit Kula allowing her to take her base and scoring pinch runner Amanda Oakes. The scoring continued as Heather Parker grounded out second base allowing Rhyne to score. Senior Lisa Lawler singled to centerfield for the Red Raiders scoring Kula and Moulin. Bowers doubled to left center scoring Lawler.
The Red Raiders posted two more runs in the fifth inning. The first run came when Enderlin smashed a homerun over centerfield. An error by shortstop allowed Corkin to score the final run for the Red Raiders.
"We did what we needed to do to win two games today," said head coach Teresa Wilson. "I was especially pleased with the way that we started out shaky in the second game but got down to business and made some connections offensively."
The Red Raiders face Wichita St. at 12:30 p.m. and No. 19 Nebraska at 5:30 p.m. on day two of the Wichita St. Tournament.