Softball Faces Oklahoma State|
April 3, 1998
Tech returns home for Big 12 play The Red Raiders may hardly recognize the Berl Huffman Complex and their fans may see quite a different squad than the one that played Abilene Christian more than a month ago. The last time the Red Raiders played at home was on Feb 24, when they defeated Abilene Christian 6-0 and 8-2. The wins moved Tech's season mark to 12-4.
More than a month later Tech has a 35-11 record and a 3-1 start in Big 12 play. Today they take on #10 Oklahoma State. The Cowgirls are 26-7 overall and have a 1-0 Big 12 mark. They defeated Oklahoma State 2-1 on Wednesday. The Cowgirls are led by Jaime Foutch, who is hitting .408 with 25 runs and 17 RBIs on 40 hits. She leads the team in homeruns with six. Jenn Markert is the team's top pitcher. She has a 1.08 ERA with a 7-2 record. In her 58.1 innings pitched, Markert has given up 31 hits and struck out 5 batters.
Oklahoma State has won all five games played between the two squads. Last season, the Cowgirls swept Tech 11-1 and 9-5. Danielle Brady and Jenny Cannon were saddled with the losses.
Red Raiders win three, lose one in conference opener Last weekend, the Red Raiders opened Big 12 play by splitting with Kansas and sweeping Missouri.
In Lawrence, Tech won their first game 3-1. The Red Raiders took a one run lead in the top of the second and then added two more on a Jessica Karenke homerun in the next inning. The Jayhawks scored their lone run in the bottom of the seventh. Amanda Renfro got the win. She struck out 11 of the 24 batters she faced.
The final game of the series saw the Jayhawks shutout the Red Raiders 5-0. Kansas scored two in the bottom of the third and three more in the following inning. Emily Hayes recorded the loss. Against the then ranked #8 Missouri Tigers, Tech picked up two wins. The first games was knotted at zero until the seventh inning when a single by Stephanie Walls scored Christine Munoz. Amanda Renfro picked up the win as she struck out five batters.
In game two, the Red Raiders took an early lead in the first inning when Sandy Butler scored on a single by Ellen Middleton. The Jayhawks answered in the fifth when Shawna Robinson hit a solo homerun. In the top of the ninth Tamara Harrington scored on an error by the Kansas second baseman.