Late Inning Rally Lifts Tech in First Houston Game|
Oct. 12, 2007
HOUSTON, Texas - After spending the better part of the day traveling, Texas Tech softball rallied in the bottom of the seventh to top Galveston Junior College Friday night.
Because fall games are not recognized by the NCAA, official statistics were not available. Leah Legler ended the night 3-3 with three singles and a stolen base to lead Tech offensively, while Elizabeth Eimen finished 1-2 with the RBI walk that put the Red Raiders over the hump for the victory.
Despite getting into Houston shortly after 4:30 p.m. and hitting the field for a 7 p.m. game, Tech did not show any apparent signs of weariness. The Red Raiders put their first two hitters on base and plated the first run of the night on a passed ball. Tech struck again in the third when Legler came across on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Whitney Riley to make it 2-0.
Galveston fought back to even the margin with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. After both squads went quietly in their next at bats, the Red Raiders took advantage of their last opportunity in the bottom of the seventh. Jennifer Bowers drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a single from Jennifer Lee. Amanda Myers then moved the runners over on a sacrifice bunt. After Legler was intentionally walked, Eimen worked the Galveston pitcher to a full count before finally drawing the bases-loaded walk to give Tech the victory.
Freshman Tye Coats turned a solid showing on the mound by giving up just one hit with three strikeouts in four innings of work.
The Red Raiders will be back in action Saturday with a pair of games. They will battle Louisiana Lafayette in a 10 a.m. contest before taking on Southern Mississippi at 2:30 p.m.