Softball Sweeps Baylor
April 18, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech Red Raiders sent their first senior class out in style as they swept Baylor today at the Berl Huffman Complex. Tech shutout the Bears in game one 2-0, and then came back in the bottom of the seventh to steal a 7-6 win. The Red Raiders are now 42-16 on the season and 8-6 in Big 12 play. Baylor falls to 18-30 overall and 2-12 in league action.
In the day's opening game, Tech scored two runs in the bottom of the second when Amiee Weathers doubled in Jenny Kohler. Weathers scored on a passed ball later in the inning. That was all the runs Tech would need as freshman Amanda Renfro claimed her 14th shutout of the season. Stacey Allison took the loss for Baylor.
Game two was all Baylor for awhile as the Bears scored two runs in the top of the fifth and four more in the next inning to take a 6-0 lead. The Red Raiders began their comeback in the bottom of the sixth as they put up three runs. A Jessica Karenke single drove in Stephanie Walls. Paula Workman crossed home on a double down the right field line by Kohler. Jeanette Lanford, pinch running for Karenke, scored on a sacrifice fly by Tamara Harrington. The Red Raiders held Baylor scoreless in the top of the seventh and then took care of business as they scored four runs in the final inning. With two outs, Karenke double in Jennifer Beach. The Bears then opted to load the bases by intentionally walking Weathers. Kohler was then hit by a pitch, which scored pinch runner beth Hurley. Needing two runs to win, Harrington was faced with a full count before doubling to left field to score pinch runner Christina Munoz and Weathers. Emily Hayes got the win, while Carrie Arn picked up the loss. Tech's seven runs set a school mark for most runs scored in a Big 12 game.
"What a great game. I am really proud that we didn't put our heads down. We knew what needed to be done and we did it. Our offensive effort late in the game showed a lot of character," Texas Tech Head Coach Renee Luers-Gillispie said.
Texas Tech will wrap up their 1998 season next weekend as they travel to College Station to take on the Texas A&M on Saturday. They will then head to Austin to face the University of Texas on Sunday.