Red Raider Softball Sweeps Oklahoma City in Doubleheader
March 22, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Red Raiders defeated Oklahoma City in both games of the doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field. Tech won the first game, 4-0 and the second game, 7-5. The Red Raiders are now 17-9 on the season and are on a seven game winning streak.
Freshman Jennifer Corkin went 2 for 3 at the plate and junior pitcher Erin Crawford pitched five innings with seven strikeouts and no walks to help lead the Red Raiders to a 4-0 win over Oklahoma City in the first game of the doubleheader.
Tech scored in the first inning as freshman Whitney Riley smashed a homerun down the left field line. Senior Kelly Rhyne doubled down the left field line to score Corkin who reached base on a double to right field.
The Red Raiders scored two more runs in the second inning. Sophomore Heather Parker singled to shortstop and then stole second and then senior Lisa Lawler singled to left center and advanced Parker to third. Parker scored during a play at second as Lawler was thrown out. Senior Natalie Enderlin singled through the right side and then stole second and scored on the throw as Riley reached on an error by third base.
Crawford was the pitcher of record getting her 10th win of the season and is now 10-4. Freshman Sarah Losleben pitched two innings of relief facing two batters and getting two strikeouts and no walks.
In the second game, Oklahoma City scored in the second inning off a two-run homerun. The Red Raiders answered at the bottom of the second with five runs to take the lead. Tech loaded the bases and sophomore Natalie Kula cleared them as she doubled up the middle allowing Parker, freshman Jennifer Bowers and Riley to score. Enderlin followed with a two-run homerun over right center scoring Kula.
In only her second at bat of the season and the fifth of her career, Crawford nailed a homerun over center field scoring Parker in the sixth inning.
Oklahoma City scored three runs in the top of the seventh, but it was not enough to overcome the Red Raiders.
Freshman Sarah Losleben was the pitcher of record as she pitched three innings with two strikeouts and one walk. Junior Julie Hauck started the game for the Red Raiders, pitching two innings with two strikeouts and two walks. Crawford finished the game with two innings of relief.
Up next for the Red Raiders is their conference opener against Baylor on Fri., March 25 at 6 p.m. and Sat., March 26 at 2 p.m.
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