Texas Tech Routs Bradley in Five Innings|
Feb. 11, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. - Texas Tech opened with an eight-run first inning and never looked back en route to a 13-2 victory over Bradley Friday afternoon in the second game of the ASU Kajikawa Tournament at the Tempe Sports Complex.
A day after an extra-inning win over No. 16 BYU, Tech (2-0) left little doubt from the start as starting pitcher Kelsey Dennis made quick work of the top half of the Bradley (0-1) lineup. From there, the Tech bats took over.
After Mikey Kenney leadoff the game with a walk, Emily Bledsoe two batters later drilled a one-out liner down the left field line to score Kenney from second base. Kenney, who was playing on her 20th birthday, had previously moved to second on a stolen base.
Two batters later Logan Hall cleared the bases for Tech, nailing a 3-run home run over the left field wall, plating Bledsoe and Cydney Allen, who reached on an error the play before. Kenney came back up later in the inning to deliver a two-run single to give Tech a 6-0 lead. Stephanie Drewry and Bledsoe each added RBI hits later in the inning to practically put the game way for Tech early.
In the circle, Dennis kept the Bradley hitters at bay for three innings, allowing only three hits and one run during that stretch. Karli Merlich relieved the junior at the start of the fourth inning, throwing the final two innings on one hit and one run that was unearned.
The Tech offense scored at least a run in each inning with Raven Richardson hitting a RBI double in the second that was followed by a RBI single from Holley Gentsch later in the inning. Allen added a RBI double in the third inning, while Richardson opened the fourth inning with a two-run home run.
Every Tech starter except Ashley Hamada had at least one hit in the game. Hamada finished with a walk in her only plate appearance.
The Red Raiders continue the ASU Kajikawa Tournament on Saturday, facing 12th-ranked California at 6 p.m. (CT) and then Indiana in the second game of the night at 8 p.m. (CT).
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