Big Inning Pushes Texas Tech Past No. 12 Cal|
Feb. 12, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. - Texas Tech took advantage of a five-run fifth inning and held off 12th-ranked California to take a 5-4 victory Saturday night in game one of a doubleheader at Tempe Sports Complex.
The win, Tech's second over a ranked opponent this weekend, moves Tech to 3-0 early on the year, heading into the second game of the night against Indiana.
In what was a complete pitching matchup up to the fifth inning, Tech was able to get its bats going, beginning with a Holley Gentsch single. After a successful bunt by Ashley Hamada, Mikey Kenney delivered Tech's first run with a single through the middle of the infield.
Following a single by Stephanie Drewry and a walk by Emily Bledsoe to load the bases, Cydney Allen unloaded a single to left field, scoring Kenney and Drewry for a 3-0 lead. Tech got some luck in its other two runs later in the inning as a Logan Hall fly ball to center field was dropped, allowing Bledsoe and Jordan Palmer to score.
The Bears took advantage of Tech's own errors in the top of the sixth. Cal scored two runs off an errant Brittany Talley throw to the plate off a bases loaded ground ball. A Cal single scored another run with a fielding error on the relay back to the infield by Sandy James gave Cal another run.
Relief pitcher Ashley Brokeshoulder shut down the Bears from there, getting Tech out of the inning while preserving the 5-4 lead. Kermitria Ward worked a 3-up, 3-down seventh inning to pick up the save for Tech.
Talley earned her first collegiate win, going 5.2 innings with four runs, all of which were unearned. The freshman struck out four as well in the outing.