Talley Stymies Nicholls State to Help Red Raiders Bounce Back|
Brittany Talley matched her career high with seven strikeouts in a 2-0 shutout of Nicholls State Friday.
Feb. 7, 2014
HAMMOND, La. - Brittany Talley allowed just two hits while striking out seven Friday evening to help Texas Tech rebound from an earlier loss and shut out Nicholls State, 2-0, at Chappapeela Park.
The performance marked the ninth shutout of Talley's career and her first since holding Marist scoreless off just five hits on March 17 last year to conclude the San Diego State Classic. Talley's seven strikeouts also matched her career high.
Most importantly, the complete game shutout gave Tech (1-1) its first victory of the season after falling 4-3 to Akron earlier in the day to start the Lions Classic.
"I thought Brittany went out there and really competed tonight," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "She knew we needed a big performance out of the circle after losing earlier in the day and she went right at them. We needed an outing like that on a day where our bats weren't where we'd like them."
Both of Nicholls State's hits did not leave the infield as Haley Parkerson sent a slow roller back to the circle in the first inning while Brittany Marcet blooped a ball just left of the bag at second in the fifth.
Nicholls State (0-2) was able to put a few runners on base via free passes, however, as Talley issued four walks. She worked out of potential jams in the second and third innings with two runners on before settling in to retire the final seven batters in order.
Talley, who wore short sleeves on a chilly evening, tossed arguably her best outing of her career since holding No. 9 Missouri to just one hit in another complete game shutout on April 13, 2012, in Columbia, Mo.
She gave Tech the type of effort to endure a slow date at the plate where the Red Raiders were limited to just five hits overall.
Similar to its earlier game against Akron, Tech once again struggled to drive in runs, leaving 11 runners on base, including the bases loaded in both the first and fourth innings.
Tech plated one run in the first when Kristi Belshe snuck under the tag at the plate off a Jackie Johnson wild pitch to the backstop. It was the second-straight game where Tech jumped out to an early lead.
Belshe jump-started Tech's offense with a double to left that sent a tagging Sydni Emanuel to third base. Belshe reached base three times in the game after being plunked in the fourth and singling in the sixth to wrap a 4-for-7 debut at the plate over the two games.
Kady Crow, coming off the bench in the second to catch, provided the one bit of insurance for the Red Raiders in the fifth as she drove a single into centerfield that scored Camaury Washington from second. Washington was pinch running for Kierra Miles, who led off the inning with a single.
Johnson (0-1) took the loss for Nicholls after surrendering both runs off five hits and eight walks in a complete-game effort. The freshman right-hander also struck out six in the loss.
The Red Raiders resume the Lions Classic at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, facing Buffalo in the first of two games on the day. Tech closes the day with a 3 p.m. first pitch against UMKC.