Red Raiders Complete Sweep, Trounce Weber State|
Kierra Miles went 2-for-4 with two RBI Saturday afternoon in a 12-5 victory over Weber State.
Feb. 15, 2014
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Texas Tech completed its first doubleheader sweep of the season Saturday afternoon with a 12-5 victory over Weber State that concluded the second day of the Troy Cox Classic at the NMSU Softball Complex.
The Red Raiders (6-3), who were previously 3-3 in doubleheaders this year, improved to 3-1 in the Troy Cox Classic heading into Sunday afternoon's finale against host New Mexico State.
After using its pitching to edge Texas A&M-Corpus Christi earlier in the day, Tech busted out the bats to avenge a previous loss to Weber State (4-4) from Friday when the Wildcats hit a two-run single in the seventh to score the walk-off victory.
The Red Raiders put the game almost out of reach in the second inning, scoring seven runs in the frame, three of which that came off a bases-loaded double from Samantha Camello to the gap in right center.
Camello was one of two Red Raiders to have three RBI in the rout, joining Kristi Belshe, who had a pair of run-scoring groundouts in the second and sixth innings and then a RBI single in Tech's three-run third inning.
Kierra Miles opened Tech's scoring in the second with a RBI single up the middle that was one of five hits for the Red Raiders in the inning. Miles ended the game 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI.
She was one of four Red Raiders with at least two hits in the game as she was joined by fellow freshmen Sydni Emanuel (2-for-3), Cassie McClure (2-for-4) and Brittany Warnecke (2-for-2). It was the third multiple-hit performance in four games this weekend for McClure as she and Emanuel both extended their hitting streaks to a team-best six games.
Emanuel followed Camello's double in the second with a two-bagger of her own, lining a shot down the left field line. She also singled home Tech's first run in the third and moved into scoring position soon after with the first of her two stolen bases.
The Wildcats cut Tech's lead to three in the top half of the third with a grand slam from Jasmine Ioane. The Red Raiders responded with three runs in the bottom half of the frame and then one-spots in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Weber State starter Kylee Colvin (1-2) was pulled midway through the second after giving up six runs, four of which were earned, off four hits and walk. She was replaced by Ioane, who, after frustrating Tech the day before, surrendered six runs off nine hits and seven walks over the final 4.2 innings.
Cara Custer (2-2) moved back to .500 for the year with the win as the right-hander surrendered five runs, three of which were earned, off four hits while striking out two and walking five. She was replaced in the seventh by Chandler Moore, who allowed just a walk in her one inning of work.
Tech and New Mexico State are scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. CT first pitch Sunday afternoon. The Red Raiders will be looking to start the year 7-3 overall for the second-straight season with a win.