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Tampa Bay Tech blanks Durant

By TERRY JONES

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 11, 2001


DURANT -- Although struggling with injuries and some players missing due to family situations, Tampa Bay Tech took advantage of a hit batsman to defeat Durant 1-0 on Tuesday. Chrystal Ihm took the pitch to earn a free trip to first base. She also was the winning pitcher, improving to 13-3 while striking out four.

"We had to come out tonight and prove that if we play together, we can beat anyone," Tampa Bay Tech coach Keensha Parham said. "Pitching makes a difference in this game, and Chrystal came through to force the ball where she wanted it to go."

Ihm reached on the hit batsman to lead off the top of the second. Nicole Horton replaced Ihm as a courtesy runner.

Horton moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Derin Henry then went to third on an error. She scored on another error. Durant (9-13) came close to scoring in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with one out on three errors. But Ihm struck out the next two batters to escape the jam. The Titans (14-3) came close to adding a second run in the top of the fourth. Shortstop Melissa Wiggins tripled. However, Mandy Garcia (4-6) induced two pop flies and a strikeout. Garcia struck out nine batters.

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