James Helps Push Texas Tech Past Minnesota
Sandy James delivered an RBI single in the fifth that helped send Tech to a 5-3 victory Saturday.
Feb. 9, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Sandy James broke up a 3-3 tie in the fifth with a RBI single to left field that pushed Texas Tech to a 5-3 victory over Minnesota Saturday afternoon at Eller Media Stadium.
The victory improves Texas Tech to 2-1 early in the year with two games remaining in the Sportco Kick-Off Classic, including tonight's finale against host UNLV.
James' single was one of two RBI in the game for the Red Raiders as pinch hitter Nikki Dunlap also added an RBI single in the sixth to give Tech an extra insurance run. James finished 2-for-4 at the plate as she also connected on a double to lead off the seventh.
Following James' timely hit, Ashley Brokeshoulder closed the door with 2.2 shutout innings of relief to record the save. Brokeshoulder surrendered just one and a walk hit during that span for her first save since her first-ever collegiate appearance on Feb. 11, 2010, as a freshman against Wisconsin.
Brittany Talley (2-0) earned the victory after giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, off five hits over the first 4.1 innings. The southpaw also struck out three and walked one as well.
Minnesota got on the board against Talley early in the first thanks to a pair of Tech errors as Kaitlyn Richardson drove a sacrifice fly to left field to score Tyler Walker from third. Richardson also added a solo home run in the third as part of a 2-for-4 day.
The Red Raiders took advantage of a pair of Minnesota miscues, beginning in the third with Taylor Powell coming around from second base following an Erica Meyer fielding error at short. Tiffini Smith and Powell came around to score an inning later after Minnesota tried to pick Smith off on third and the ball sailed into left field.
Sara Moulton (0-2) took the loss for the Golden Gophers after giving up four runs, one of which was earned, off seven hits in 4.1 innings. Nikki Anderson came on to surrender one run over 2.2 innings of relief.
Tech and UNLV are set for a 10:15 p.m. CT first pitch later this evening at Eller Media Stadium. The Rebels are scheduled to battle Central Florida prior to that contest.
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