Tech Rolls a Pair of Tens in Fall Scrimmages

Pitcher Karli Merlich has been impressive in practice games

Pitcher Karli Merlich has been impressive in practice games
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Oct. 6, 2009

LUBBOCK, Texas - Much of the afternoon was a Hays' family reunion of sorts as the elder coach Hays, Larry, former Red Raiders baseball coach and now Lubbock Christian softball coach, returned to the campus of Texas Tech to scrimmage his son, Shanon's, Red Raiders softball team. The result, in which no official statistics are kept and the games don't count toward either program's season, was a 10-2 win for the Red Raiders and was their second 10-run game of the day. Game one of the afternoon for Tech was a 10-0 win over Midland College.

In the pair of games, the Red Raiders scored their tens, on 16 hits in game one and 15 in game two. Tech pitching continued to be effective in the fall practice games, as sophomore Karli Merlich hurled a total of 6.1 innings on the day, allowing no runs, only three hits and a walk. She fanned five in both outings and she has yet to yield an earned run. Sophomore Hillary Phillips threw four innings against Midland College and scattered two hits, while striking out six. Starter for the game with LCU, freshman Ashley Brokeshoulder, was effective in her first three innings, but faltered somewhat in the fourth and gave way to Merlich to wrap up duties in that frame. Still, her line was impressive as she allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits. She issued three walks and struck out three of the 20 batter she faced.

But really, both games were about Tech's offense as infielder Logan Hall got things rolling for Tech in game one with a two-for-two game one that included a home run and a double with four runs batted in. Senior Leah Legler went two-for-two and scored three against Midland which saw twelve other players collect hits, which is far too many to type during an off-season outing for this scribe!

In the game with the Lady Chaps, it was sophomore infielder Emily Bledsoe who carried the big stick first, finishing with three hits in four trips to the plate and scoring two runs. Merlich, whose bat has been as potent as her arm this season, had two hits and two runs batted in. Sophomore Stephanie Drewry doubled twice and freshman Desiree Harvey doubled to help in the power game. Legler continued her torrid fall with a two-hit performance and knocked in a pair of runs as well. But, it was pinch hitter Jennifer Lee's bomb in the sixth which really lopsided the score for the younger Hays' team, as the junior's left-field blast drove in three and put a bit of a damper on any plans of a family picnic after the game.



As mentioned previously, these games are part of an approved fall schedule which counts as a practice competition, but none of the statistics are official nor do games count against team's playing season. Tech will go back to its normal fall practice schedule for a few weeks until it hosts another scrimmage event on Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m. when Odessa College pays a visit to Rocky Johnson Field.

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