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Gerrie Herron reaches third safely on her teammate sacrifice fly. Margie O ' Grodowicz reaches third safely to put Tech in scoring position against Arkansas. Kevin Brinkley Kevin Brinkley X B B HBI 0lMB||pME4|jytf • - J ■%%? i4 »- .-• 1 i . a.i r Tricia Johnson tries to make a single into a double but is unsuccessful in her attempt. Johnson, a sophomore first baseman, was recruited to Tech from Mount Car- mel High School in Houston. Sandra Trotter scores a run to put the Tech women ' s Softball team on the scoreboard against the nationally ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. Tech also was ranked in the preseason Top 20 poll, the first time in the team ' s history that the Raiders had made the rankings. Women ' s SoftbaU — 101
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Injuries cause current talent to be shifted to Future hopes Tech ' s Goin " Band from Raiderland of past years may have a rival for the title of Tech ' s " travelingest " players. Coach Kathy Welter ' s women ' s softball squad played 45 games on the road in 1984-85. The team ' s NCAA season record was 21- 18, with an additional 10 games in the fall. Overall, the Raiders posted a 27-22 record, playing only four games at home. " Usually we will play a few more games than that here, " Welter said, " but this year we got rained out. " Still, the nearest Division I rival is 340 miles away, so the softball team spends much time on the road. Though hampered by injuries during the 1984-85 campaign, next season looks promising as Welter lost only one senior. Karen Hall, the starter at second base, finished her collegiate career. The team played in six spring tournaments and finished second in New Mexico State ' s 22-team contest. Officially, that was the squad ' s best 1984-85 NCAA finish — but in the fall, at Western Illinois University, the Raiders won the Diamond Classic outright. The game is fast-pitch women ' s softball, and only Tech, Texas A M and Baylor field teams in the Southwest Conference; conse- quently. Welter admits a conference sched- ule may be a few years down the line. " There ' s been a lot of discussion about it, " she said. " But we haven ' t heard any- thing definite. I don ' t look for it within the next year or two, but we sure wish they (the conference) would recognize it. It would help with our scheduling. " The team plays mostly tournaments and spends most of its time on the road except for home stands against the University of New Mexico. Tech also plays UNM in Albu- querque, and " sometimes, " as Welter said. New Mexico State. The Raiders also spon- sored a tournament during the season. Roxanne Hantelmann proved to be the Raiders ' outstanding pitcher. Welter said the 5-6 right-hander did about half the Raid- er ' s pitching this season and finished the year with an 8-6 record. Hantelmann led the team with an earned run average of 1.15. Hantelmann, a junior, tr ansferred from I Crowder College in Neosho, Mo. In 1983- « 84, Crowder ' s softball team was second in I the nation among junior colleges. • Margie O ' Grodowicz, a freshman, was I voted the Most Valuable Player by her team- I mates team after hitUng .280 for the year. The 5-5 right-hander led the team with 16 runs. " Next year looks real good, " Welter said. Among next year ' s improvements will be free use of a field the Raiders can call their own. The travelingest team had no such facility, and a local television station aired a feature on Tech softball highlighting that fact. Use of a diamond at Reese Air Force Base was donated in response to the television report, giving the Raiders one of the best facilities anywhere in the Southwest. Dug- outs at the RAFB facility are covered; the field also offers lights in the event the Raid- ers need them for a night game. Parking space and spectator seats also are available at Reese. Catcher Shana Dosier will return to the Raiders, as will MVP O ' Grodowicz; also expected back are pitchers Hantelmann and Sherri Mach, a sophomore from Cypress whose spring ERA was 0.55. Roberta Mur- zyn, pitcher and DH from Albuquerque, also should be back. In the outfield, freshman Gerrie Herron should be back next year after hitting .294 last fall. Herron, from Sugarland Dulles, committed only one error in the eight fall games she played for Tech. Jamie Jollie, a junior range and wildlife major from Houston Spring Branch, hit .290 and is expected to return. So is sophomore Theresa Worstell from Houston Eisenhow- er, who hit .333 in 30 trips to the plate in the fall. Infielders expected back are Patricia Johnson, a sophomore from Houston Mount Carmel High whose career fielding average is .998; sophomore shortstop Sandy San- chez of Silver, N.M., who showed marked improvement every game and hit .273 in the fall; sophomore Sandra Trotter at third, leading the team for the fall with a .357 bat- ting average brought up from the . 1 72 hitting of her freshman season; and utility infielder Bobbie Sue Tucker, a freshman from Odes- sa Permian who hit .222 in the fall. — Sarah Luman Sandy Sanchez, a sophomore shortstop from Silver City High School in New Mexico, covers third base in an attempt to prevent the lead runner from advancing. A .jSs - Li " Kevin Bnnl U Kevin Brinkley 100 — Women ' s SoftbaM
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An exhausted Maria Medina awaits her time as she completes the 15 , 000-meter run . Medina was among the nation ' s top competitors in both cross country and track. Scott ' s coaching continues to breed success Running strong A 13-meet season was kind to Tech ' s women thinclads. Though several key peo- ple were injured or had to have surgery, the squad still showed coach Jarvis Scott some standout performances. " Most of our meets were non-scoring, so for us the individual performances were im- portant, and we had some really good indi- vidual scores this year, " " Scott said. " You could call it a good season for sever- al of our girls, " " she said, " Even though we had several injuries, including one girl who was involved in a car accident. We also had several who had to have surgery, which made them miss some performances. " " Among the outstanding athletes on the women " s track team were a pair of speeds- ters: Patryce Curry, consistently laying down such times as 12.49 in the 100 meters and 25.00 in the 200 meters, and Louise Hudson, runninga 12. 2 in the 100 meters and a 25.6 in the 200 meters. Quarter-miler Thorna Scott led the team with a season-best time of 56. 14. Other out- standing athletes were Gay Gandee in the 100, 200 and 400 hurdles, Natalie Lee in the javelin. Missy Geisler throwing the discus and shotput and Maria Medina, a star in both cross-country and track events. All five athletes were honored at the Tech athletic banquet in April. Suzy Martinez, a junior transfer student from Sacramento, Calif., set a4:40.4 mark in the 1500-meter event and maintained a 3.9 GPA to qualify as the outstanding academic athlete. Last but far from least on the track team ' s honor roll was Veronica Cavazos (daughter of the university " s president), who set a school record in the women " s 10,000-meter event with a personal best of 35 : 1 1 . 3 1 . Scott said Cavazos competed in all the women " s events from the 3,000 to 10.000 meters. Scott ' s team returned nine letter-winners from 1984, with five seniors among them. Ten new athletes joined the squad, with five of them transfers from junior colleges or , other schools. I " Our team has developed an enthusiastic and optimistic attitude, " " said Scott. The I team ' s diligent reaction to tough fall work- outs pleased her, she said, because it indi- cated that they understood the value of hard work in improving their performance. Veronica Cavazos finished her collegiate career in 1984-85, leaving Tech with school records in the 3,000-, 5.000- and 10.000- meter runs. Medina brought the conference record in the 1,500 meters back to Tech " s oval to highlight her All-America year. Gan- dee, a hurdler and field star, also competed in the heptathlon for the Raiders. Scott, a standout sprinter from Winnipeg, Canada, will return to the squad next year, as will Geisler, who is from Houston, Curry, a mass communications major from Nassau in the Bahamas, was a senior sprinter. Medi- na, from El Paso, also finished her eligibil- ity, as did Maryland resident Gandee. Natalie Lee, a versatile range and wildlife major, lettered with the Raider softball team for four years in addition to her track career. She came to Tech from Spring High School. Martinez probably will return. The sopho- more biology major was valedictorian of San Juan High School in Citrus Heights, Calif., in 1982. Cross country events in 1984-85 again starred Medina. She achieved the distinc- tion of All-America status in NCAA Divi- sion L a first for the Red Raiders. She went twice to the NCAA national championships, finishing 27th in a field of 134 runners on Nov. 19, 1984. She had finished no lower than fifth in any prior meet. Cavazos also shone in cross country, finishing in the top 10 four times in the Raid- ers " seven outings. Susan Fritz, Sheryl Grochocki, Martinez and Gandee also com- peted in cross country. Although the SWC women " s cross coun- try meet took place in Tech " s back yard at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock, the Raiders managed to finish only fifth. They finished seventh in the District VI NCAA meet at Georgetown, but Medina finished third to earn a trip to the nationals, and Cavazos placed 20th. — Sarah Liiman Veronica Cavazos gains ground on her opponent in the 10,000-meter run. Cavazos holds the school records in the 3,000-, 5.000- and 10,000-meter events. Malt Brunworll 102 — Women ' s Track
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