Strong Pitching Lifts Texas Tech Over Texas Southern
Brittany Lee drove in Texas Tech's first run in the third Sunday in a 2-0 victory over Texas Southern.
Feb. 9, 2014
HAMMOND, La. - Brittany Talley and Gretchen Aucoin combined to limit Texas Southern to just four hits Sunday afternoon as the Red Raiders closed the Lions Classic with a 2-0 victory at Chappapeela Park.
It was the second-consecutive strong outing for Talley (2-0), who surrendered just four hits over 4.1 innings before Aucoin came in with one out in the fifth inning to close the door.
The duo combined for six strikeouts in the game, including two from Aucoin in the seventh that kept Texas Southern (3-2) from threatening as she retired the Lady Tigers in order.
"It's always nice to finish off a weekend with a win," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "We had good pitching today and that was enough to win. Texas Southern has a good club and they will likely be a regional team at the end of the season. We learned a lot about our team this weekend and hopefully we can continue to improve."
In her two outings so far this season, Talley has not allowed a single run over 11.1 innings after tossing a two-hit shutout Friday evening over Nicholls State. She ended the day as one of two Big 12 pitchers with at least 10 innings to not allow an earned run all weekend.
Aucoin, who, like Talley, has no allowed a run so far this season, picked up her first save of the season and the third of her still young career after allowing just three hitters to reach base via free passes.
Back by a strong pitching performance, Tech (3-2) withstood a slow day offensively as the Red Raiders settled for seven hits but manufactured runs thanks to their speed on the bases.
Brittany Lee drove in drove in Tech's first run of the day with a two-out RBI infield single in the third inning that brought home Sydni Emanuel from third. Emanuel, who finished 2-for-3 at the plate, began the inning with a single before swiping second for her fourth stolen base already this season.
Lee, playing first base for the first time this season, was also sound defensively, backhanding a ball to her right in the fourth to potentially save a run while also scooping a double play throw an inning earlier.
Cassie McClure padded Tech's lead a few innings later with a RBI single up the middle in the fifth that scored Sydnie Tapia from second. Tapia got the inning going with a one-out double to the fence in left.
Both runs were charged to Texas Southern starter Madison Slaton (1-1), who was pulled to start the sixth after surrendering six hits while plunking one. Sammantha Jimenez closed the game the Lady Tigers, giving up just a hit and a walk in her two innings.
The Red Raiders return to action next weekend at the Troy Cox Classic hosted by New Mexico State. Tech opens the three-day tournament at 10 a.m. CT Friday morning against Northern Colorado.
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