Texas Tech Spoils Nebraska's Senior Day
April 25, 2009
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Texas Tech Red Raiders split a Saturday doubleheader with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, dropping game one, 8-0 (5), before responding with a, 4-3, win in game two. Tech was held to just two hits in the first game, and came out strong in game two slugging out seven hits in the win.
In game one, Tech was unable to plate a runner being held to no runs on just two hits. Nebraska opened up a three-run lead in the second inning, when freshman pitcher Karli Merlich walked four batters and hit a batter, in addition to an error committed by Leah Legler.
The Huskers (32-15/8-8) poured it on scoring two more runs in the third after two more walks by Merlich, another error by Legler, and a single by Whitney Barrett to give Nebraska the advantage, 5-0. In the fourth, Nebraska added three more runs after a leadoff walk, a single, a double, and a error on Legler to take the eight-run lead. Tech (15-39/3-13) had a chance to extend the game in the top of the fifth after Legler reached on an error, but was unable to plate a runner dropping the game, 8-0.
Stephanie Drewry and Holley Gentsch had the only two hits in the game for Tech. Legler committed three errors, while Merlich walked seven batters in the complete game loss to move to 0-4 on the season.
Legler and the rest of the Red Raiders came out with a renewed focus and passion in the second game, as she singled to lead off the game. Drewry successfully followed that up with a successful sacrifice to move Legler to second. Elizabeth Eimen then laid down a bunt to advance Legler to third, who then scored on a single by Alex Watkins to give Tech the lead, 1-0.
Nebraska tied the game in the bottom of the frame on a single by Meghan Mullen, who then scored courtesy of a double by Amanda Duran. Tech was sat down by Husker pitcher Molly Hill in order in the second, while Alex Watkins retired the Nebraska hitters without any damage in the bottom of the inning.
To start off the third, Ashley Hamada singled and advanced to second when Legler drew a walk to put runners on first and second. With two on and one out, Eimen singled to center to score Hamada. After Watkins popped up to the shortstop, Emily Bledsoe singled to score Legler giving Tech the lead, 3-1.
As in the first inning, Nebraska came back to tie the game scoring two runs of their own.
In the top of the sixth with the score still tied, Bledsoe belted a shot to right-center that hit the top of the fence, good for a stand-up double. With one out, Gentsch singled to score Bledsoe to give Tech the lead, 4-3. Nebraska was then sat down in order by Watkins to secure the win for Texas Tech, 4-3.
Watkins picked up her fourth win of the season in game two, while picking up a hit and an RBI. Legler went 1-3 with two runs scored, while Eimen went 1-1 with an RBI. Bledsoe went 2-3 with a double and an RBI, as Gentsch went 1-3 with an RBI. Hamada also picked up a hit in game two.
Texas Tech will close out Big 12 play next weekend as they travel to Oklahoma State for a weekend series. Fans can follow all the action at www.texastech.com
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