No. 2 Oklahoma Ends Tech's Bid for an Upset, 6-3
May 12, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Texas Tech's improbable run at the Big 12 Tournament title came to an end in the championship game, as No. 2 Oklahoma spoiled the Red Raiders bid to advance to the postseason with a, 6-3 win. At No. 8, the Red Raiders were the lowest seed ever to reach the championship game at the event, now in its 12th year, but first in a single elimination format.
After winning six consecutive games, including the past four in come-from-behind fashion, the Sooners proved too powerful for Tech's weary pitching staff. Freshman Ashly Jacobs took the loss and finished 17-15 on the season as the right hander threw 22.2 innings and 407 pitches in a 27 hour span (from Friday's 1 p.m. game until Saturday's 3 p.m. game time). She was 3-1 at the competition with an ERA of 0.71 entering the championship game. The team finished with a 24-27 record.
The semi-final game, against No. 7 Texas A&M, was almost too incredible for words. Down 3-1 in the top of the seventh, the team scored three runs and then held on to give Jacobs that win and to advance to the championship.
Complete recaps will follow in the coming days, but this description of one play in particular during the Texas A&M game, is worth posting here now:
Unless a person was here in the bottom of the fourth to see Leah Legler's grab of an otherwise home run blast, it's difficult to explain and a real shame that a sport's fan missed it. After catching the ball, Legler was fully stretched out, hovering and teetering on the outfield fence. Momentum had carried her over it, but somehow the freshman was able to control her momentum and, after a few seconds of literally balancing on her belly on the fence, she was able to shift her weight to land her body back in fair territory and still hold onto the ball. It was her second spectacular catch of the tournament, but one which was much different than the previous night's game-saving, diving forward snag.
Box scores and play by play have been loaded for both games of the day.
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