James, Powell Power Texas Tech to 14-2 Rout of UMKC
Sandy James became the Texas Tech all-time leader in RBI with five Friday against UMKC.
Feb. 15, 2013
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sandy James and Taylor Powell combined to drive in nine runs to lead Texas Tech to a 14-2 run-rule of UMKC Friday afternoon at the Troy Cox Classic hosted at the NMSU Softball Complex.
James and Powell both connected on home runs in the rout with Powell blasting a three-run shot to center in the first while James drove a grand slam to left an inning later to break the game open.
"We didn't have a real good day at the plate in the first game, but I was proud of how we came back," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "Our older players really led us and swung the bats well against UMKC to where we could put in a couple of our freshmen to pitch and get them some experience. We'll hope for a similar performance tomorrow."
With her grand slam, James became the Texas Tech all-time leader in RBI as she has drove in 117 runners in two-plus seasons, passing the previous record of 114 held by Paula Workman (1997-2000) and Emily Bledsoe (2009-12).
James added her final RBI in the third with a ground ball to short that scored Samantha Camello from third. The senior finished 2-for-3 with a season-high five RBI.
She was matched at the plate by Powell, who went 2-for-2 before being replaced to start the third inning. Powell snapped her career high with four RBI as she also added a second-inning single that scored Katelyn Williams.
Adriana Perez put the Red Raiders on the board first with a first-inning single up the middle that scored Mikey Kenney, who went 2-for-2 went a pair of runs scored as well. Nikki Dunlap and Gretchen Aucoin also connected on RBI singles in the fifth inning.
Shannon Carrico (1-0) picked up her first career victory in the circle after relieving starter Cara Custer to start the third. Carrico gave up just one earned run off two hits before Aucoin came on to pitch the fifth inning.
Custer, making her second appearance of the day, failed to surrender a hit in two innings of work. The Tech pitching staff only allowed three hits in the game, one of which that came from a Marlee Maples RBI double in the third that scored UMKC's only two runs.
The win snapped a two-game losing skid for the Red Raiders, who fell to Colorado State, 6-4, in the tournament opener earlier in the morning.
Tech and UMKC will meet again at 10:30 a.m. CT Saturday morning to continue the Troy Cox Classic. The Red Raiders will face Penn State right after in a scheduled 12:30 p.m. first pitch.