Texas Tech improved to 20-26, 3-12 on the season as the Red Raiders beat Oklahoma State (25-31, 3-14) on a hitter's day in Stillwater. In a game where 17 walks were issued, 25 runs were scored and 22 hits tallied, Texas Tech built up an eight-run lead, but then had to hold on for the win in the wind.
Sarah Losleben (6-11) picked up the win for Tech as the junior was able to work her way out of a particularly tricky jam in the bottom of the seventh. The Cowgirls loaded the bases and brought the tying run to the plate, but Losleben induced a ground ball out and then freshman left fielder Leah Legler held on to a fly ball after colliding with Red Raiders center fielder Ashley Parker who was also pursuing the final out.
The box score and play-by-play have been loaded for your reading pleasure, as this one featured a number of interesting plays. Highlighting the Tech offense, Heather Parker and Montana Patin each picked up four RBIs on the afternoon, H. Parker aided by her first home run of the season and Patin with a two-for-five performance, including a double. Whitney Riley and H. Parker were the other Red Raiders who had multiple-hit games.
Ashly Jacobs started the game and left with the lead, but because she hadn't thrown the requisite five full innings, Losleben picked up the win. And, because Tech couldn't finish the fifth inning with its 8-run lead, the mercy rule was never in effect.
Sunday's game, which has been moved to a 1 p.m. start time (weather permitting), sets up as a huge season ending match up as Iowa State beat Kansas twice today. The three bottom seeds of the Big 12, Tech, Oklahoma State and ISU, each have three wins and are awaiting the results of tomorrow's game to determine seeding for the Big 12 tournament which begins on Thursday.
Game Tracker will be generated tomorrow, but it is unclear whether the time change will effect when it will publish. Should users be unable to access the service, they should follow along with the Oklahoma State Web site where both radio and some video may be available.
Note: Area tornadoes are currently not near the team, however, disruptions in cell phone service and in using the Internet have been