Texas Tech Softball Splits with No. 6 Texas
April 27, 2005
AUSTIN, Texas - The Red Raiders split a midweek Big 12 doubleheader with No. 6 Texas as Tech won 2-0 in 10.0 innings before losing the second game 3-0. In Tech's game one victory, the Red Raiders defeated 2004 Olympian gold medalist Cat Osterman as she gave up only one hit to Tech.
Tech is now 23-22 this season and 3-13 in Big 12 and with this win over Texas, Tech breaks its 10-game losing streak. Texas is 35-10 overall and 9-5 in conference while the Horns suffered its first back-to-back losses of the season.
For game one, both teams remained scoreless through nine innings and then the 10th began under international tiebreak rules with the last batter of the previous inning is placed on second base. Heather Parker was placed on second base and then plated Tech's first run as she advanced with Ashley Parker's ground out to the pitcher and then scored as pinch-hitter Brandy Moulin reached base as Texas pitcher Osterman was not able to cleanly field the ball and allowing H, Parker to score. Kelly Rhyne got Tech's first hit of the night as she singled to centerfield scoring Natalie Enderlin.
The Red Raiders held Texas in the bottom of the 10th inning to take the victory 2-0. Osterman received the loss for Texas although she matched her career high of 24 strikeouts. Erin Crawford took the win for Tech and is now 14-10 on the season. Crawford gave up no runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
In game two, Texas took the early lead as Jacqueline Williams hit a homerun over left field and then MicKalyla Padilla singled to bring Wynet Turner home, who reached on a single. Then in the sixth inning, Jaclyn Davis pinch hit and connected for a double to score Williams, who had singled to left field. Texas freshman pitcher, Megan Denny threw her second career no-hitter as she threw 15 strikeouts and one walk. Julie Hauck received the loss for Tech as she is 1-8 on the season. Hauck allowed six hits, three walks while striking out six batters. Keely Tucker threw one inning of relief giving up three hits, one walk and one strikeout.
Tech will end 2005 Big 12 play at home at Rocky Johnson Field against Kansas on Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 at noon. The Red Raiders will then head to Oklahoma City to compete in the Big 12 Conference Tournament.
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