Texas Tech Upends UNLV, 10-6, in Nightcap
Mikey Kenney and the Red Raiders topped UNLV, 10-6, Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Feb. 10, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Texas Tech raced out with four runs in the first inning and held off a late UNLV rally to top the Rebels, 10-6, Saturday evening at Eller Media Stadium.
The Red Raiders (3-1) added three more runs in the fourth in a game that appeared to be heading to a run-rule, but UNLV's Jaexie Baililea connected on a two-out grand slam in the fifth to extend the game two more innings.
"We had a good day overall at the plate but I think we still could have scored a few more runs," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "We left too many runners on base, but I was proud of how we battled and got on the board early. Hopefully we can have a good performance to close the weekend tomorrow morning against DePaul."
Sandy James led a group of four Red Raiders with at least two hits as she drove a two-run double to left with no outs in the first. James finished 2-for-3 with a pair of walks as she also lined a single to right in the seventh.
Katelyn Williams added to Tech's early first-inning lead with a RBI single through the right side before Brooke Scott drew a bases-loaded walk later in the frame. It was the first of two hits for Williams, who lined a single up the middle in the fourth as well.
Tech's four-run first inning marked the third time in just four games this season where the Red Raiders have opened the game with a 4-0 lead. The Red Raiders kept the momentum going an inning later as well with a Sydnie Tapia RBI double off the fence in center field.
Tapia finished 2-for-5 with two RBI, the final one of which came on a looper to left field that scored James from third. Mikey Kenney also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a RBI single in the sixth that gave Tech an extra insurance run.
Adriana Perez set the Red Raiders up for a potential run-rule in the fifth with a solo home run just inside the foul pole in left. It was Perez' team-leading third home run through four games this season and her 18th of her career.
UNLV, meanwhile, struggled to amount much offense in between a Taylor Aleman first-pitch home run to lead off the first and Balilea's grand slam in the fifth. The Rebels, who finished with 10 hits off Tech starter Cara Custer, plated their final run in the sixth off an Aleman RBI single.
Custer (1-1) picked up her first win of the season in a complete-game performance. She struck out six and walked one while giving up five earned runs.
Amanda Oliveto (2-1) was saddled with the loss in a complete game as well as the right-hander gave up 10 runs, seven of which were earned, off 11 hits and 11 walked batters.
The Red Raiders close the Sportco Kick-Off Class with a 10 a.m. CT first pitch against DePaul Sunday morning.