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February 19, 2009

Golden Eagles nudged 3-2 in final inning by Texas; Fall to Oregon State, 4-1

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. -- A one-out, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seveth inning lifted the Texas Longhorns (6-4) to a 3-2 victory over Tennessee Tech Thursday afternoon in Tech's first game at the Cathedral City Classic. Oregon State (6-4) got a strong pitching performance from Kelly Dyer, and took advantage of its scoring chances to down Tech, 4-1, in the second game Thursday.

The Golden Eagles will play Loyola Marymount Friday at 5 p.m. (follow the game on LMU Gametracker here), and then meets UC Santa Barbara at 10 .m. (Follow the game on UCSB Gametracker here).

Texas scored all three of its runs with the long ball, spoiling a solid outing by Tech’s Maddie Schmissrauter in the circle, and the Longhorns outlasted Tech, 3-2, with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh.

It was Tech’s opening game at the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., hosted by Oregon State. Tech will meet the host Beavers later Thursday night.

Schmissrauter pitched 6.1 innings, allowing just four hits and one walk, with six strikeouts. Tech managed seven hits.

The Golden Eagles grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. With one out, Cassidy Skeen drew a walk and moved second on a sacrifice by Lacie Coquerille. A passed ball pushed Skeen to third, and she raced home on an RBI single to center by Whitney Cummings.

Brittany Chalk walked to open the Texas third, and one out later Desiree Williams pulled a home run down the left field line to make it 2-0.

Freshman Jordan Leff led off the Tech fifth with a solo home run to center field, her first career blast, which knotted the contest at 2-2.

Tech had two base runners in the sixth and one in the seventh, but couldn’t get anybody across the plate. In the sixth, one base runner was thrown out attempting to steal and the second was erased on an inning-ending double play. In the seventh inning, Brooke Basten led off with a single but was doubled up on a foul off of Leff’s bat.

That set the stage for the Longhorns in the bottom of the seventh. Schmissrauter got the leadoff hitter looking at a third strike, but with a 1-1 count, catcher Amy Hooks knocked the game-winner.

Brittany Barnhill got the win for Texas. She pitched all seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

In the second game, Dyer allowed just five hits and didn’t walk anybody while striking out three for the Beavers.

Holly Thomas pitched the first five innings for Tech and suffered the loss while yielding five runs on five hits. She walked one and struck out two. Whitney Cummings pitched the sixth, allowing one run on two hits, with one strikeout.

Tech had two runners aboard in the top of the third but failed to score, and Oregon State put a runner across in the bottom of the frame for a 1-0 lead. Nikki Chandler tripled to start the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ashley Sanchez.

A walk, passed ball and wild pitch put a Beaver runner at third, and she scored on a double by Stefanie Ewing for a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, DeAnn Young doubled to make it 3-0.

Lacie Coquerille poked a two-out double to left center in the top of the sixth, and Cummings drove her home with a single to make it 3-1, but Dyer ended the inning with a ground out.

Cummings retired the first two hitters she faced in the sixth, before Young walked. Pinch runner Nicole Luchanski stole second, then scored on an RNI single up the middle by Alana Ford.