Softball Splits Doubleheader with Oklahoma State
April 4, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - The #19 Texas Tech Red Raider softball team lost their first game against Oklahoma State 4-8, but rallied in the second game to shutout the Cowgirls 1-0. The Red Raiders improved their overall mark to 38-12 and 4-2 in Big 12 play, while Oklahoma State moved to 27-8 overall and 2-1 in league action.
In the days opening game, the Cowgirls scored first when Shannon Sullivan singled in Michelle Ryan. Tech answered in the bottom of the second when a double by Aimee Weathers scored Paula Workman. OSU notched another run in the top of the third as Kristi Bolle scored on a single by Jaime Foutch. However, the fifth inning proved to be the most productive for the Red Raider offense as they scored three runs. Jennifer Beach scored on a double by Jenny Kohler, while Sandy Butler crossed home after an error by Cowgirl second baseman Melissa Turley. Ellen Middleton singled to centerfield to bring in Kohler. Oklahoma State tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth when Casey Acree scored on a single by Kristine Garcia. The contest was still knotted after regulation, but the Cowgirls put on a hitting fest in the top of the eighth as they scored four runs. A double by Michelle Ryan brought in Bolle. The final three runs came on a two out homerun by Shannon Sullivan. Red Raider Amanda Renfro picked up her seventh loss of the season, while Jenn Markert was credited with her ninth win.
In the second game, Tech scored one run in the opening inning. Lead off hitter Sandy Butler got on base after an error by Cowgirl first baseman Jaime Foutch and advanced to second on a throwing error by second baseman Melissa Turley. A single by Middleton brought Butler home. That would be enough to give Tech the shutout victory. Texas Tech pitcher Emily Hayes improved her record to 13-4 while pitching her third shutout of the season. Amy Lopez took the loss for OSU.
"Error really hurts us in the first game. We didn't stay mentally tough, but we came back in the second game and played solid defense. That is what we have to do if we are going to stay competitive in this tough conference," Texas Tech Head Coach Renee Luers-Gillispie.
The Red Raiders won't have much time to rest, as they host #4 Oklahoma on Sunday. The doubleheader is set to begin at noon at the Berl Huffman Complex.
April 4, 1998 at Lubbock, Texas Oklahoma State 101 101 04 - 8 13 4 Texas Tech 010 030 00 - 4 7 4 WP - Markert 8-2 LP - Renfro 17-7 Time - 2:09 Attendance - 243