Softball Falls Twice On Day 2 Of Tourney Action
The pair of games were during the second day of action in the Lone Star State Invitational hosted at Red & Charline McCombs Field on the campus of the Unversity of Texas.
Game 1 – Virginia Tech 8, Texas Southern 0 (five innings)
The Tigers ran into a buzzsaw during the morning’s first contest in the form of the 10th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies (10-4), who were coming off a 6-5 extra innings victory over Texas on Friday night.
The Hokies drove in six runs in a decisive third inning to break a 0-0 tie and would tack on two in the fourth before getting the Tigers out in order in the fifth to invoke the run-rule finish.
No TSU batter was able to reach second base the entire contest.
Game 2: Abilene Christian 6, Texas Southern 1
With the Tigers trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the seventh, McClain stepped to the plate with runners on first and second. After taking a ball and missing a strike, McClain then pelted a ball back up the middle to drive in pinch runner Madison Griggs from second base.
The hit gave McClain two singles in the game and the Tigers a total of four. Unfortunately for TSU, nothing else could be pushed across the plate.
TSU also threatened in the bottom of the fifth when the Tigers manufactured a bases-loaded situation with one out, but a line out to left and a groundout to short ended the threat when the team was only down 3-0 at the time.
The Tigers will continue on in the final day of the Lone Star State Invitational on Sunday, Feb, 26, with a pair of matchups with Big 12 Conference members Kansas and Texas. First pitch against the Jayhawks will be at 12 p.m. CT and Longhorns at 3 p.m. CT.