Red Raiders Fall to Baylor in Big 12 Opener, 1-0
March 25, 2006
WACO, Texas - Baylor first baseman Ashley Monceaux broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning by scoring an unearned run to lift the No. 19 Bears to a 1-0 victory over the Texas Tech softball team in the Red Raiders' conference opener at Getterman Stadium.
The loss drops the Red Raiders to 11-20 overall this season and 0-1 in league action, while Baylor improves to 19-13 this season and 1-1 Big 12 play.
In the top of the first inning, Tech leadoff batter Ashley Parker singled to shortstop and was able to advance to second on a stolen base. The swipe was the 26th of the season for Parker trying her for the school record for steals in a single season with Sandy Bulter, who tallied 26 steals in both the 1998 and 2001 seasons. The Red Raiders were unable to score in the inning as Parker was left on third base to end the early threat.
For the game, Tech left five runners on base; include two 60 feet from home at third base.
With an infield single to lead off the fourth inning, sophomore right fielder Whitney Riley extended her season-high hitting streak to 10 games. The time a Red Raider collected a hitting streak of 10 or more games was in the 2004 season, when Elyssa Sigala set a school record by hitting safely in 21 consecutive games.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth the Bears were able to tally the only run of the game. Monceaux sent a hard shot down the left field line and was called safe at second base on a close and controversial call. Two batters later after a bunt single by center fielder Miriam Romero, a Tech throwing error allowed Monceaux to score the game's only run.
Red Raider starter Erin Crawford (6-9) was strong in the contest, but picked up the loss despite not allowing an earned run. The Leander, Texas, native allowed only five hits and struck out three batters in the contest.
The Red Raiders will try to bounce back and capture their first conference win of the season on Sunday when the two team square off in the series finale at Getterman Stadium at 1 p.m.
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