Red Raiders Sweep Iowa State Series in Extra Innings|
April 4, 2005
AMES, Iowa - In her second at bat of the season, junior pitcher Erin Crawford smashed a double to centerfield scoring Natalie Kula and Heather Parker to carry the Red Raiders over Iowa State 5-3 in extra innings. The Red Raiders advance to 22-11 on the season and 2-2 in Big 12 play as Iowa State falls to 12-17 overall and 0-4 in Big 12.
Iowa State scored first with a solo homerun shot to left field by Katie Reichling in the second inning. The Cyclones scored their last run in the fifth inning after a controversial call at third base, Jessica Quade singled to short stop scoring Cary Akins.
The Red Raiders scored in the third inning tying the score at one. Jennifer Corkin scored designated player Ashley Parker after A, Parker laid a hit down the right field line and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Natalie Enderlin.
Tech tied the score again, this time at two-two, in the sixth inning as Corkin led off with a homerun over left center. The Red Raiders held the Cyclones to two scoreless innings pushing the game into extra innings.
Brandy Moulin led off the ninth inning and reached base on an error at first base and then advanced to second on a passed ball during Devin Zaragoza's at bat. Heather Parker struck out swinging but reached base on a passed ball then stole second. Moulin also advanced on the passed ball.
With two outs, Kula knocked in Moulin as she singled through the left side and then advanced to second on the throw. Last week in the second game against Oklahoma City in Lubbock, Crawford stepped in to hit and smashed a homerun over center field scoring the winning runs. This evening against Iowa State, Crawford stepped in to bat in the ninth inning and nailed a double to centerfield scoring H, Parker and Kula for the win.
Freshman Sarah Losleben started the game in the circle for the Red Raiders and pitched four innings. Losleben totaled two hits, one run, one walk and four strikeouts. Junior Julie Hauck pitched three innings of relief and totaled three hits, one run and two strikeouts. Crawford became the pitcher of record as she came in to close in the extra innings. Crawford pitched two innings and faced six batters with one strikeout.
Tech is set to face conference opponent Missouri on Sat. April 9 and Sun., April 10 at Rocky Johnson Field.