Texas Tech Completes Day With 4-1 Victory Over Indiana|
Feb. 13, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. - After defeating 12th-ranked Cal earlier in the night, Texas Tech picked up right where it left off with a 4-1 victory over Indiana in the Saturday finale at the Tempe Sports Complex.
Backed by a solid outing in the circle, Tech took advantage of an illegal pitch in the first and a Mikey Kenney RBI double in the second inning to take an early 2-0 lead it would never relinquish.
Karli Merlich, Ashley Brokeshoulder, and Brittany Talley took care of the rest. The trio combined to hold Indiana (2-2) to only one run on six hits with Brokeshoulder (1-0) earning her first win of the season and Talley picking up the save.
Merlich started the game, going 2.1 innings before getting in a jam in the third that led to Brokeshoulder taking over. The Hoosiers were able to score their only run in the inning off a Sara Olson double down the left field line.
Cydney Allen put the game away for the Red Raiders in the seventh inning, drilling a 3-1 fastball over the fence in right field for her first home run of the season. The junior finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate.
Logan Hall came close to matching Allen the next at-bat, but her towering fly ball to center field was caught just as it was nearing the fence.
Morgan Melloh (1-2) picked up the loss for the Hoosiers, throwing a complete game with seven hits and four earned run.
The win moved the Red Raiders to 4-0 on the season, Tech's best start in program history. Tech began the 1998 season 3-0 in what was previously the best start in school history.
The Red Raiders conclude the ASU Kajikawa Tournament Sunday morning, facing Appalachian State at 10 a.m. (CT).