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Softball gains split in Day Two of Texas Tech Tournament
Bearcats defeat UT-Arlington 6-3 in first game, lose 8-2 to host Red Raiders
March 3, 2012Tweet
LUBBOCK, Texas—Sophomore first baseman Mikala King went 3-for-6, homered and drove in four runs, highlighting the Binghamton softball team’s split in the second day of the Texas Tech Tournament. The Bearcats (3-6) beat Texas-Arlington (9-6) 6-3 before losing to the host Red Radiers (13-5) 8-2 in the second game.
With the Bearcats down 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning of the opener, King delivered a three-run home run over the right center field fence. Binghamton took advantage of an error to plate two more runs in same inning.
One inning later, King completed the Bearcats’ scoring when she singled home Meghan Tucker. In the first game, Tucker went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate.
Junior Kate Price (1-0) got the win while Carrie Collins got tagged with the loss.
In the nightcap, however, the Bearcats were held in check by Cara Custer, who scattered two runs on six hits and struck out seven batters to record the complete-game victory. She got all of the run support she’d need in the bottom of the first inning as the Red Raiders scored four times.
Freshman shortstop Caitlin Friis singled home a pair of runs in the top of the second inning, trimming the deficit to 4-2. Kemitra Ward, however, tripled in a run in the bottom of the third inning, stretching the Texas Tech lead to 5-2.
Kaitlin Williams made it 6-2 with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. One inning later, it was Holley Gentsch’s turn to hit a solo homer. Sandy James singled in Texas Tech’s final run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Binghamton left a pair of runners on base when the game ended in the top of the seventh inning.
Custer is now 9-3 while senior pitcher Kristen Emerling’s record falls to 0-2.
The Bearcats and Red Raiders square off on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in the final day of the Texas Tech Tournament.