Tech Splits Twin Bill with Miners|
March 25, 2008
LUBBOCK, Texas - It was a tale of two games for Texas Tech softball Tuesday. After dropping a tight 2-1 decision to UTEP in the first game, Texas Tech responded with a fury and tallied ten hits to run rule the Miners by a 9-1 count in the second game. With the win in game two, Tech (8-25) snapped a five-game losing skid.
The Miners' Stacie Townsend showed early on the repertoire that had down defending national-champion Arizona earlier in the season. The sophomore hurler changed speeds and location and kept the Red Raider offense off balance early, scattering just three hits through four innings.
Not to be outdone, Tech's Ashly Jacobs was effective herself, giving up just four hits and keeping the Miners from mounting any serious rallies. UTEP finally broke through in the fifth by plating two runs, one of which was unearned, to take the 2-0 advantage into the bottom of the seventh.
Devin Zaragoza got the Red Raiders off to a good start in the inning by hustling into second for a double on a bloop hit. She moved to third on a groundout and hurried in on a wild pitch to give cut the deficit to 2-1. Townsend recouped and got the final two hitters in order to end the game.
Zaragoza finished 1-3 with the run to lead the way for the Red Raiders in the game. Montana Patin finished 1-3, while Megan Shupp was 1-4 with a double. Jacobs (2-8) got saddled with the loss, despite scattering five hits and giving up just one earned run in the contest.
Things did not appear promising early in the second game as Townsend struck another blow by homering to center to give the Miners a quick 1-0 lead. The Red Raiders came out swinging in the bottom of the inning, however. Leah Legler started the game with an infield single and promptly stole second. She was thrown out on a close play at the plate after Shupp singled two batters later. Jennifer Corkin stepped in and promptly deposited the ball beyond the fence in left for her first home run of the season to give Tech a 2-0 advantage after the first.
The Red Raiders were not through though. They did the majority of their damage in the bottom of the second, scoring six runs on six hits while batting through the order. Freshman Jennifer Lee started the Tech fun with a single. Whitney Riley followed suit with a single of her own and came in to score the first run of the inning on a Zaragoza single to left. Shupp singled to left to bring Leah Legler and Corkin added her second hit of the game with a single. Liz Eimen then greeted a new UTEP pitcher with a two-run single to center to second. Jennifer Bowers brought in the fourth run of the inning by reaching on a fielder's choice. Lee came back up and picked up the first RBI of her career by getting plunked with pitch when the bases were loaded. The Miners finally ended the inning, but the damage had been done as Tech led 8-1.
Tye Coats kept UTEP off balance the rest of the way and then helped herself at the plate with an RBI single to score Zaragoza in the third. The Miners were unable to muster the offense it needed in the fourth and fifth innings to bring the game to an end via the run rule.
Shupp and Corkin both picked up a pair of hits to lead the Red Raiders in the second game. Shupp finished 2-3 with an RBI, while Corkin was 2-2 with two RBI. Eimen finished 1-1 with an RBI, and Zaragoza and Coats both came away 1-2 with an RBI. Coats (4-10) picked up the win in the circle, giving up just the one run and four hits in four innings of work.
There will be little rest for Tech as it jumps right back into conference play Thursday night when Texas comes to town. The Red Raiders will be looking to extract a little revenge from a loss to the Longhorns two weeks ago in Hawai'i. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.