Texas Tech Knocks Out Host Stanford
May 23, 2010
PALO ALTO, Calif. - After a stellar pitching performance lifted the team earlier in the day, the offense carried the load in game two as Texas Tech knocked out the host school to advance to the final day at the NCAA Regional at Stanford. The Red Raiders (38-17) beat the Cardinal, 6-3, to end Stanford's season with a 37-19 record.
"This was a huge win for our program and a really big day for this team. We beat two quality teams, first with a near-perfect pitching performance by our senior leader, Ashly Jacobs and then with good pitching, great defense and solid hitting," head coach Shanon Hays said in the post-game interview.
Brokeshoulder, who came on in relief of starter Karli Merlich who had been called for an illegal pitch and struggled to find her rhythm, pitched six innings, allowing two runs and scattered seven hits and a walk over the stretch to pick up her eighth win of the season. The freshman right-hander struck out two and used her defense exceptionally well on the windy and chilly evening in northern California.
"I was hitting my spots early and I have great confidence in my change up and my defense. I know they're going to either catch ball or make plays behind me," Brokeshoulder said after the game.
Hays switched the lineup a bit before the game and used center fielder Mikey Kenney in the leadoff spot and the maneuver paid off as the freshman rapped a double and scored three runs from that position. Emily Bledsoe continued to earn national attention as the third baseman, who has advanced to an All-American ballot from the Midwest Region, went three-for-four on the day with a run scored and another knocked in. Logan Hall, Raven Richardson, Holley Gentsch and Ashley Hamada each singled in the win and Leah Legler doubled and scored a pair of runs as well.
Kenney, Hamada and Drewry combined for ten put outs as the speedy outfield chased down virtually every ball hit by the Cardinal on the evening.
Next up the Red Raiders must beat the nation's most powerful offense twice if it wants to continue the magical 2010 season. Hawai'i leads the country in home runs with 144 of them through Saturday's game and is the tournament's No. 16 seed. The Rainbow Wahine enter Sunday unbeaten in the weekend's double elimination event.
The first game will begin at 3 p.m. (CT) and, if necessary, a second game will begin at 5:30 p.m. The winner of this regional will advance to face the winner of the No. 1-ranked Alabama regional next weekend.