Red Raiders End Season With 2-0 Loss to Harvard
The Red Raiders saw their season come to an end with a 2-0 loss to Harvard Saturday evening.
May 19, 2012
SEATTLE - Texas Tech was shut out for the second time Saturday as the Red Raiders ended their season with a 2-0 loss to Harvard in the final elimination game of the NCAA Washington Regional held at the Husky Softball Stadium.
With the win, Harvard (35-14) advances to face Washington in regional championship game that is scheduled for a 3 p.m. CT first pitch Sunday afternoon.
Tech, meanwhile, ends its season at 41-17 overall after falling in the postseason for the third-straight season. The Red Raiders also fell 2-0 earlier in the day to the host Huskies.
"We just had one of those days," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "We hit the ball really hard at people. Mikey Kenney had two really good at-bats and they got a bunt down and hit one on the grass to get a rally started and did a good job of generating runs."
Similar to their outing earlier in the day, the Red Raiders struggled with the spin from Rachel Brown, who limited Tech to just three hits in a complete-game effort. The right-hander did not surrender a hit until back-to-back two-out singles in the fourth from Adriana Perez and Sandy James.
After Tech stranded the two runners, Harvard took advantage as the Crimson led off the bottom half of the inning with consecutive singles, only to score moments later on a squeeze bunt from Katherine Lantz.
Allison Scott added another RBI moments later with a sacrifice fly to right field. Harvard finished with four hits in the game as there were only seven total between the two teams.
Brown faced only nine batters over the final three innings as Tech's only rally attempt came on a leadoff single to start the seventh from Perez. James grounded into a double play to short moments to later to end any possible comeback.
"I think everyone is just as puzzled as I am," Tech senior Emily Bledsoe said of the offensive struggles. "Some days you're hot and some days you're cold, and today was not our day obviously. You know, I never saw this regional going this way in 100 years. I am kind of at a loss of words because I never expected this to happen."
Bledsoe is one of eight seniors who ended their careers Saturday after helping revitalize the Tech program with three-straight postseason appearances. The group finishes as the winningest class in school history.