Red Raider Softball Defeats Liberty, 15-7|
March 20, 2005
ALBUQURQUE, New Mexico - Freshman Whitney Riley went 5 for 5 in the 15-7 win over Liberty on day three of the New Mexico Tournament. The Red Raiders are now 16-9 on the season. The Red Raiders finished the weekend 4-0.
The Red Raiders scored first and put five runs on the board in the second inning. Tech started off with a single through the right side from freshman Jennifer Bowers. Sophomore Heather Parker then hit a double down the left field line advancing Bowers to third. Next for Tech was Lisa Lawler who struck out swinging, but got on base by an error on the catcher and batted Bowers in for the first score.
On a sacrifice fly from Natalie Kula, Parker scored and Lawler moved to third base. Senior lead-off hitter, Natalie Enderlin singled through the right side, scoring Lawler. Riley then singled down the left field line, advancing Enderlin to second. Freshman Jennifer Corkin followed with a double to left center and scored Enderlin and Riley. The Red Raiders left the inning ahead, 5-0.
Tech was also the next to score as they totaled four runs in the third inning. After Brandy Moulin getting on base with a single to shortstop and Bowers with a hit up the middle, Parker cleared the bases when she smashed a homerun over left center. The Red Raiders then loaded the bases again as Enderlin reached on a fielders choice by shortstop. Riley singled through the left side and Corkin and Rhyne were both hit by the pitch, walking in one run.
Liberty responded in the bottom of the fourth with four runs as they had one homerun, three hits and one Red Raider error.
Tech put two more runs up in the fourth as an error by right field allowed Bowers to score from third and Parker to advance to third. Lawler grounded out to second base, but allowed Parker to score.
Liberty posted their last three more runs in the fourth as two runs were scored on an error by the catcher and one from a single homerun.
The Red Raiders sealed the win with one more run in the sixth from Kula as she doubled to left center scoring Lawler. Tech also scored three more runs in the seventh. The first score came when Corkin tripled down the left field line scoring Riley. Then Rhyne singled to left field scoring Corkin and Rhyne scored as Bowers singled up the middle.
The last game scheduled against New Mexico at 3 p.m. was canceled due to inclement weather.
Four Red Raiders made the All-Tournament team - Riley, Crawford, Hauck and Bowers was the MVP of the tournament.
Next up for the Red Raiders is a doubleheader with Oklahoma City at 3 and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22 at Rocky Johnson Field in Lubbock, Texas.