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April 14, 2012

Punchless Tigers fall to Tech

The Tigers struggled to hit in a 2-0 loss to Texas Tech Friday Night at University Field.

The home team seemed poised to take the lead when the number two batter Corrin Genovese doubled off the top of the left field wall in the bottom of the first. However, she would remain there after Ashley Fleming and Kelsea Roth both popped out to the shortstop.

With Tiger ace Chelsea Thomas on the mound, the Red Raiders didn't get a lot going either. Thomas recorded eight strike outs and gave up only three hits in the first five innings.

Texas Tech's Brittany Talley showed even better. Talley allowed only Genovese's first inning hit for the night in going seven shutout innings with no walks on just 79 pitches.

"[Talley] had decent spin, it's not like she was overpowering us or anything. We were hitting the ball hard, just right at them," Genovese said.

In the sixth, the Red Raiders broke the scoreless tie.

Emily Bledsoe and Logan Hall both singled to lead off the inning. Mikey Kenney bunted to move the runners up. Coach Ehren Earleywine intentionally walked Sandy James to load the bases. The move initially paid off as Thomas struck out Adriana Perez, the Red Raiders' leading hitter, for the third time. However, Bledsoe would score on a passed ball and Thomas would walk Emily Cooper to load the bases again and then walked in another run to make it 2-0.

"They got a couple dink hits," Thomas said. "Then it just kind of unfolded not our way."

The Tigers went down in order in the sixth. In the seventh and final inning, Roth reached first on an error, but that was as far as the Tigers threatened.

Coach Earleywine believed the problem hitting came down to one thing.

"It's just about timing. Their pitcher struck out one batter," Earleywine said.

The loss dropped the Tigers to 9-4 in conference play, one game behind the Texas Longhorns and even with Texas Tech in the loss column.

"You went down [to Texas] and did a fantastic job of winning two out of three," Earleywine said. "Then, when you don't show against Texas Tech, it's as if it never happened."

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