Missouri Beats Texas Tech, 7-4, in Big 12 Action|
March 24, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Missouri got good pitching and timely hitting and held off a late-inning surge by the Red Raiders to beat Texas Tech, 7-4, in Big 12 softball action at Rocky Johnson Field. With the win Missouri improves to 23-17, 1-0, while Tech drops to 17-16, 0-3.
Jen Bruck (8-4) was extremely effective in the circle for the Tigers, and, in fact, tossed a no hitter against the Red Raiders in 6.2 innings of work. However, one of the main differences between softball and baseball is the fact that any starter may re-enter the game once. So, Bruck gave way to Alana Jacobson for one third of an inning, the sixth, and the Red Raiders greeted her with four runs on four hits. Bruck returned and settled the Tech uprising and wound up with no runs, no hits, two walks and four strike outs as her line.
Ashly Jacobs (13-9) threw six innings, allowed five earned runs on four hits, struck out three and walked four. Control was an issue for the freshman as she also plunked three batters. Alex Watkins pitched the seventh and allowed two runs on a hit and two walks and struck out one Tiger.
The big blow was a 3-run home run by Tigers catcher, Kathy Masterson, whose sixth inning bomb followed a Micaela Minner blast which opened the frame and two walks and left the Red Raiders behind, 5-0, and hitless heading into the bottom of the sixth. (The Tigers posted a run in the first on a walk and a two-out double by Minner.)
For the Red Raiders, Leah Legler, Ashley Parker, Devin Zaragoza and Montana Patin singled consecutively in the sixth and each scored (Patin collecting two RBIs) before Bruck returned to the circle to eventually retire the side.
The two teams complete their season series on Sunday, March 25, at noon at Rocky Johnson Field.