Monday, April 24, 2006

Here are some pictures I took at last Thursday's Game 1 of the Texas at Texas Tech double-header. Some of the longer-distance photos are a bit fuzzy, but I think the overall set is pretty good. The opener was completed in light showers, but heavier rain during Game 2 forced its cancellation.



First, a shot of Texas pitcher Cat Osterman in the circle. But for a Red Raider infield hit when Whitney Riley beat out a grounder to short in the fifth inning, Osterman would've had a perfect game.

I checked "Cat's Korner" (that's "K" as in strike-out), Osterman's blog, to see if she wrote anything about the Texas Tech game. I'm curious how frustrated she felt at missing a perfect game or no-hitter. She has 20 no-hitters and seven perfectos in her college career, so it presumably wouldn't be as devastating as if someone were going for her first. Still, though, great athletes tend to be very hungry and competitive. As of now, her most recent entry is from April 19, so you'll have to check back on her blog to see if she's written anything new.

Below is another shot of Cat, with her Longhorn infield...



Next, Shannon Thomas of Texas bats against the Red Raiders' Erin Crawford in the 2nd inning, with the Longhorns' Desiree Williams on deck...



Williams homered later on, in the 5th. Here, her Texas teammates form a greeting committee at home plate...



Texas Tech's Rocky Johnson Field (aka "The Rock"), was pretty full, despite the rainy weather. I would say Raider fans (to the right, largely wearing red) comprised about 60% of attendees, and Longhorn fans (to the left, wearing burnt orange), 40%.