Tech Declaws Black Bears for Third Straight Win
March 13, 2008
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - A big four-run first inning provided the boost Texas Tech softball needed as it beat the Maine Black Bears 6-1 Wednesday in the first game of the Hawai'i Spring Fling Tournament. It is the Red Raiders' third-straight win.
Tech (6-17) roped out eight hits to give them three-straight games with at least eight hits. The Red Raider defense stiffened up to allow just two Maine hits, the fewest hits given up all season.
Sophomore Leah Legler paced Tech from her leadoff position, going 3-3 with two runs scored. Montana Patin and Megan Shupp extended their hit streaks to six games, going 1-3 and 1-4, respectively. Each had an RBI as well. Devin Zaragoza and Robyn Wike each finished 1-3 with an RBI as well. Ashly Jacobs (2-6) turned in a stellar effort in the circle giving up just two hits, one being a home run, to pick up the win. Freshman Tye Coats pitched three shutout innings in relief to pick up her first career save.
Coming off two straight run-filled games during the weekend, the Red Raiders picked up right where they left off in the first, tacking on four runs on four hits. Legler started the action with an infield single and came in to score two batters later on a Patin single to center field. Zaragoza scored the second run of the inning when she hustled across on a passed ball. Patin came in a short time later on a sacrifice fly from Whitney Riley. Jennifer Corkin added the fourth run when she scored on Wike's single.
Legler gave Tech its fifth run of the afternoon when she came in on a base knock from Shupp. Zaragoza's double to right center in the third scored Jennifer Bowers for the Red Raiders' sixth and final run of the contest. From there, Jacobs kept Maine off balance and the Tech defense took charge as the Black Bears struggled to find any holes to sneak through.
The Red Raiders will play their second game on the islands Thursday at 7 p.m. CT when they get an early peak at conference foe Texas. Fans can follow the action via a link on the softball page at www.texastech.com.
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