Talley, Aucoin Help Texas Tech Outlast TAMU-CC|
Brittany Talley improved to 3-0 on the year in Texas Tech's 2-1 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Feb. 15, 2014
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Brittany Talley tossed five solid innings before Gretchen Aucoin closed with two shutout innings as Texas Tech outlasted Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 2-1, Saturday morning at the NMSU Softball Complex.
The victory marked the fourth-straight solid outing from Talley (3-0) to start the season as Weber State's RBI single from Valerie Perez with two outs in the third was only the second run allowed by the left-hander all year.
Talley pulled off the win yet again with limited run support as she has received just eight runs behind her in four starts this year. Talley finished the game with three strikeouts while allowing just five hits before Aucoin came in to start the sixth inning.
Aucoin was equally as impressive in relief, striking out the side in the sixth before using her defense to get her out of early trouble an inning later. Following a leadoff walk, Sydnie Tapia scooped up a Liz Carter bunt and fired to second to start a 5-6-4 double play.
Corpus Christi (2-5) picked up a Dani Tefft single immediately after but Brittany Lee caught her attempting to steal second to close the game. The save was the second already this season for Aucoin and the fourth of her career, moving her into a tie for fifth all-time in the Tech record book.
The Red Raiders (5-3) had several chances to score throughout the game but struggled plating runners as Tech stranded nine in the game, including the bases loaded in the fifth inning.
Tech settled for just one run in the fifth off a bases-loaded walk to Lea Hopson. The Red Raiders loaded the bases with no outs off Corpus Christi starter Liz Carter but a pair of strikeouts and a fielder's choice quickly ended the inning.
Samantha Camello began Tech's efforts in the fifth with a single through the left side that her second of the game as she finished 2-for-3 at the plate. It was the second multiple-hit game already this weekend for Camello.
The Red Raiders previously tied the game in the fourth off their aggressiveness on the base paths. Brooke Scott, running for Cassie McClure, stole third and then advanced home after Brittney Morse's throw was low and bounced into shallow left field.
McClure doubled to open the inning en route to finishing a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a single to lead off the second as well.
Carter (2-2) suffered the loss for Corpus Christi in a complete-game effort. She surrendered both runs off nine hits while striking out six and walking three.
The game was the first of two on the day for the Red Raiders, who were also set to face Weber State later in the afternoon.