Softball Loses to Iowa State
March 28, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas - Courtney Wray hit a two-run home run in the first inning and the Cyclones never blew the lead to beat Texas Tech, 4-2, and earn a split of the weekend Big 12 series. Tech falls to 29-5, 1-1, while Iowa State improves to 21-13, 1-1.
Ashley Brokeshoulder (6-3) took the loss for Texas Tech as the freshman gave up the game's first two runs in the first and Tech never seriously threatened, despite some late inning offensive production. Brokeshoulder gave up three runs on five hits and a pair of walks, but struck out six in four innings. Karli Merlich pitched an inning and gave up a run on three hits. She fanned one. Ashly Jacobs worked the final two innings and walked a batter as the only blemish to her outing.
The Cyclones scored two in the first, a run in the fourth and another in the fifth before Tech finally answered when, with two outs, Emily Bledsoe doubled, Logan Hall drew a walk, they managed a delayed double steal of third and second, respectively, and then Bledsoe scored on a single by freshman Mikey Kenney. Tech put up another run in the seventh when, with one out, Stephanie Drewry singled and moved up 60 feet on a single by Bledsoe. With two outs Kenney drilled a shot up the middle to score Drewry, but it was all the Red Raiders could muster as they left Bledsoe and Kenney aboard to end the game.
For the Red Raiders, Leah Legler and Holley Gentsch each contributed singles and Drewry and Bledsoe each had a pair of hits, while Kenney was three-for-four with both runs batted in as highlights to the offense. Tech left 10 runners on base as Rachel Zabriskie (17-7) went the distance for Iowa State, giving up the two runs, nine hits and two walks. She struck out seven Red Raiders.
Tech next travels to Waco to face Baylor on Saturday, April 3 and Monday, April 5 and will celebrate Easter in Waco. Then the team will move to Austin to face Texas for a single game on Tuesday evening, April 6, before returning home. (Big 12 play features two-game series with each of the nine other opponents and the Texas series is split as one home and one away contest each year.)
Note: There were 853 on hand, easily a season high at home, to watch the game as the South Plains Girls Fastpitch League hosted their annual opening ceremonies after the game and then the crowd was invited to participate in an autograph session with the team.
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