Colorado State Edges Texas Tech, 6-4, in Troy Cox Classic Opener
The Red Raiders fell to Colorado State, 6-4, Friday morning in the Troy Cox Classic opener.
Feb. 15, 2013
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Colorado State erased an early 3-2 lead with a four-run third inning and held on long enough to take a 6-4 victory over Texas Tech Friday morning in the Troy Cox Classic opener at the NMSU Softball Complex.
The loss marked Tech's second in a row leading into an afternoon contest against UMKC. The Red Raiders (3-3) had not previously lost consecutive non-conference games since the opening weekend of the 2012 season when Tech was downed by No. 9 Stanford, No. 14 Tennessee and then Cal Poly in the Kajikawa Classic.
Colorado State (3-3) put the pressure on Tech early with two runs in the second that started with a Chelsea Biglow triple to lead off the inning. She scored later off the first of two Kendal Butterfield RBI singles in the game.
Butterfield, who finished 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI, came around minutes later on an Ashlie Ortega RBI single. Oretega also connected on a two-run double in the third as part of a 2-for-4 day.
Tech, meanwhile, struggled putting the ball in play against Colorado State starter Kacie McCarthy, who struck out 13 Red Raiders en route to the complete-game victory. It marked the most strikeouts for Tech since Tennessee waived 14 Red Raiders on Feb. 10 last year.
The Red Raiders were able to get to McCarthy (2-1) early as Tech plated three runs in the second. Taylor Powell, Sydnie Tapia and Samantha Camello connected on three-straight one-out singles to set up a Mikey Kenney two-run single that tied the game.
Shelby Johnson also added a sacrifice fly later in the frame to score Camello for Tech's final run prior to an Adriana Perez RBI in the fourth. Camello finished 2-for-3 at the plate as she and Powell (2-for-4) were the only Tech players with at least two hits.
Ashley Brokeshoulder (0-1) picked up the loss for the Red Raiders after coming in to relieve Brittany Talley to start the third and surrendering four runs over 3.1 innings. Cara Custer tossed 1.2 shutout innings to close the game.
Tech and UMKC are scheduled for a 3 p.m. CT first pitch later this afternoon at the NMSU Softball Complex.