Feb. 8, 2014
TEXAS TECH GAME NOTES
Texas Tech's split of its doubleheader today moved the Red Raiders to 2-2 on the year. A win over Texas Southern in Sunday's Lions Classic finale would make Tech to 3-2 to start the season for the second-straight year.
Buffalo held Texas Tech to just three hits in the opener, its fewest since totaling only three as well on April 28 last year against No. 7 Texas.
The Red Raiders had not previously been shut out by an opponent since falling, 6-0, to No. 1 Oklahoma on April 13 last year. It marked the first time a non-conference foe has shut out Texas Tech since McNeese State did so over eight innings in a 1-0 victory on March 3 last season.
The Red Raiders responded with 13 runs in the finale against UMKC. The total was more than Texas Tech's combined total from the previous three games to open the season.
Texas Tech had not scored at least 13 runs in a game since defeating Iowa State, 15-5, in six innings on April 21 last year.
The Red Raiders had not previously scored at least 13 runs against a non-conference opponent since routing Troy, 15-0, on March 11 last season.
Texas Tech's 11 hits in the game marked a season high. The Red Raiders closed the 2013 season with 12 hits at No. 15 Baylor.
The Red Raiders combined for four home runs against Buffalo, their most in a single-game since also hitting four against Oklahoma State on May 6, 2012.
The home runs by Lea Hopson, Sydni Emanuel and Kierra Miles against UMKC marked the first of each of their careers at Texas Tech.
Texas Tech's eight-run third inning marked its largest scoring output in a single inning since plating nine runs on March 10 last year in the third inning against Troy.
Texas Tech and Buffalo were meeting for the second time in school history. The Red Raiders won the previous meeting, 8-0, in five innings on March 16 last season.
The Red Raiders rout of UMKC marked the sixth-straight game and seventh time in the last eight meetings where Texas Tech won the game via run-rule. Tech is now 10-1 all-time against the Kangaroos and a perfect 9-0 under head coach Shanon Hays.
HOPSON DELIVERS BIG GAME AGAINST UMKC
Lea Hopson delivered the first multiple home run game of the season on Saturday afternoon as the junior-college transfer connected on a two-run shot in the third against UMKC and then followed up with a solo shot an inning later. Hopson ended the game 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI. Her three RBI are tied for the most for a Red Raider so far this season as Kierra Miles also drove in three runs in the game as well. Hopson has now finished with at least two hits in two of four games this weekend.
MILES, EMANUEL ALSO CONNECT ON HOME RUNS IN UMKC ROUT
Like Hopson, Sydni Emmanuel and Kierra Miles also went deep against UMKC with Miles crushing a two-run shot to put Texas Tech on the board in the opening inning. Emanuel, meanwhile, put the game out of reach with a grand slam that capped Tech's eight-run third inning. It was the first grand slam for a Red Raider since Adriana Perez connected on one against Jackson State on March 1 last year. Emanuel ended the game 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and a stolen base, her third already this year, while Miles was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI as she also connected on a RBI double in the third as well. It was the first career multiple-hit and multiple-RBI performance for both freshmen.
MOORE EARNS SECOND CAREER START AGAINST BUFFALO
Through the end of this past fall and the majority of the spring, Texas Tech coaches have raved about the pitching performance from junior Chandler Moore. The strong practices paved the way for Moore to earn the second start of her career against Buffalo. It marked the first time Moore had started a game since facing Idaho State on Feb. 18, 2012, In Las Vegas.
TEXAS TECH PLAYER NOTES
Ashley Fultz, Susan Welborn and Cassie McClure all notched their first career hits against UMKC.
Fultz came off the bench against UMKC to deliver a pinch hit two-run double to left field. She was one of four Red Raiders to have at least two RBI against the Kangaroos.
Fultz' hit came after McClure doubled to the wall in left center. It was one of eight extra-base hits for the Red Raiders in the game.
Kristi Belshe continued her strong weekend with a RBI double in the third inning that broke up a 2-2 tie and started Texas Tech's eight-run inning.
Cara Custer picked up the win against UMKC, marking the 40th victory of her career. She now trails Erin Crawford (2003-06) by two wins for fourth all-time in the Texas Tech record book.