Red Raiders Down No. 15 Texas A&M in Home Opener
April 1, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - Sophomore catcher Robyn Wike knocked in the game-winning run with a RBI double in bottom of the sixth to lift the Texas Tech softball team to a 3-2 victory over No. 15 Texas A&M on Saturday in the team's hope opener at Rocky Johnson Field.
The win, which was the first for Tech over the Aggies since the 2003 season, improves the Red Raiders overall record this season to 13-22 and their Big 12 mark to 2-3. The Aggies, meanwhile, fall to 24-10 and 3-1 in conference action.
Texas A&M took the first lead of the game in the top of the fourth inning on a RBI single by first baseman Megan Gibson off Tech starter Erin Crawford. The RBI was her team-leading 23rd of the season.
Sophomore designated player Jennifer Corkin tied the game up in the home half of the fourth as she connected on her first home run of the season, a solo shot that hit off the scoreboard in right centerfield.
In the top of the sixth, Texas A&M recaptured the lead at 2-1 as third baseman Jamie Henshaw was able to score on a throwing error by Tech shortstop Heather Parker.
The Red Raiders rallied in the bottom of the sixth with two runs to open the final 3-2 advantage. Junior first baseman Brandy Moulin led the inning off with a single and advanced to second on an A&M error. Moulin was lifted for pinch runner Amanda Oakes who came around to score the game-tying run two batters later on a RBI single by second baseman Jennifer Bowers. Wike followed in the next at bat with her third two-bagger of the season to right center that scored Bowers with the go-ahead run.
Crawford, who pitched strong in the contest, retired Texas A&M in order in the top of the seventh to pick up her eighth win of the season. The Leander, Texas, native scattered two runs on five hits in the contest while striking out five batters.
Texas Tech attempt to earn only the second series sweep of the Aggies in school-history as the team takes on No. 15 Texas A&M tomorrow at noon at Rocky Johnson Field.
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