Red Raider Softball Wins Two in Extra Innings|
March 19, 2005
ALBUQURQUE, New Mexico - The Red Raider softball team rallies late to defeat Liberty, 6-5 and New Mexico St., 3-2 in extra innings on day two of the New Mexico Tournament in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tech is now 15-9 on the season. In this tournament, the Red Raiders have rallied past their opponents in extra innings in all three games. Tech also is in a four game winning streak.
In the first game, Liberty came out fast as they scored four of their five runs in four innings. The first score for the Flames came in the first inning on a sacrifice fly to right field. They posted two more runs in the third inning when they scored on a passed ball and on a single. They posted their fourth run in the fourth inning with a single homerun to centerfield.
The Red Raiders drowned the Flames as Tech rallied past them in the fifth. Tech put up one run in the bottom of the fourth as senior Kelly Rhyne hit a bomb to left center. The Red Raiders scored four runs in the fifth inning to pull ahead. The inning started off with a single to left center from freshman Whitney Riley and she advanced to second on a stolen base.
Bowers earned an RBI as she tripled to right field and then scored on a wild pitch. Sophomore Heather Parker walked and then was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore Natalie Kula. Junior Heather Freeman was put in as the designated player and doubled to right field to score Parker. Freeman scored on a single up the middle by Rhyne.
Liberty scored one run in the seventh inning to tie the game and send it into extra innings as Tech could not score in the bottom of the seventh.
The Red Raiders took advantage of the Flames not scoring in the eighth inning and put up the winning run. With runners on first and second, freshman Jennifer Bowers singled to left field scoring pinch runner Amanda Oakes.
In the second game, both teams were silent till the fifth inning when Tech put up the first run when Parker scored on an error by shortstop. New Mexico St. scored in the top of the sixth on an error by catcher, Lisa Lawler. That score tied the game and neither team scored in the seventh, sending the second game into extra innings.
New Mexico St. was only able to put up one run in the eighth on an error by Lawler. Tech sealed the win as they posted two runs. Parker scored on a double through the left side by senior Natalie Enderlin. The second run was scored by sophomore Natalie Kula as Riley hit a sacrifice fly to right field.
The Red Raiders will play Liberty at 11 a.m. and New Mexico at 3 p.m. on Sunday (central times).