Oklahoma State brought a perfect 9-0 Big 12 record and No. 7 and 8 national rankings in the two major polls to Lubbock today to face a struggling Texas Tech squad in a doubleheader. Somehow, though, the Cowgirls managed to leave their bats back in Stillwater, falling to the Red Raiders 6-0 and 4-1. The sweep lifts Texas Tech to a 5-8 conference mark and 33-12 overall record; it also gives the Raiders a pair of "quality wins" that could help in their bid to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in nine years. I stopped by for the early innings of Game 1 and had my departure hastened by a brief, but intensifying, rain fall. Before I left, I took the following pictures.
In the first photo, OSU's Megan Castle, last week's offensive Player of the Week in the conference, steps in to hit against the Raiders' Ashly Jacobs.
As shown in the next shot, Oklahoma State threatened early a couple times in Game 1, here getting a runner to third, but the Cowgirls never did score in the opener.