February 21, 2009

Tech blanked by BYU in final game at Cathedral City Classic

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – Tennessee Tech managed just two base runners against a pair of dominant Brigham Yong pitchers Saturday morning and dropped an 8-0, six-inning game to BYU to close out play at the Cathedral City Classic.

The Golden Eagles got singles by Maddie Schmissrauter in the second and Katie Betry in the fifth as their only base runners.

Starter Christie Zinanti threw the first 3.1 innings, allowing one hit and striking out four without a walk. Paige Affleck tossed the final 2.2 innigs and struck out two without a walk, allowing one hit.

BYU scored a single run in the first and two in the third to hold a 3-0 lead in what looked to be a close contest. But while Tech’s offense continued to struggle, the Cougar women added four runs on four hits in the fifth to make it a 7-0 lead.

The Cougars added one more unearned run in the sixth for the 8-0 lead, and closed things out early with a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the frame.

Jessica Purcell singled to drive home Angeline Quiocho for a 1-0 lead in the first inning. In the third, Andrea Ramirez walked and Purcell doubled, and Caschjen Davis drove them both home with a two-run single.

BYU delivered back-to-back singles in the fifth to chase Schmissrauter and bring Hortert to the circle, and Ramirez greeted her with a two-run single for the big blow of the inning.

The Golden Eagles return home from their visit to the west coast to play at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga next weekend. Tech faces Sacred Heart and Missouri State on Friday, then plays Valparaiso on Saturday before heading into bracket play.