Perez Launches Two Home Runs as Texas Tech Drops Penn State
Adriana Perez connected two home runs and six RBI in a 14-3 victory over Penn State Saturday.
Feb. 16, 2013
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Adriana Perez wrapped a career day at the plate with two home runs and six RBI Saturday as Texas Tech downed Penn State, 14-3, in the Troy Cox Classic held at the NMSU Softball Complex.
Perez, who also homered twice earlier in the day against UMKC, delivered a two-run shot in the first to give Tech (6-3) an early lead and then followed up with a third-inning grand slam. Her six RBI were the most for a Red Raider this season and were one shy of her career high that was set March 18 a year ago against Seton Hall.
"Adriana really saw the ball well today and hit a pair of big home runs in both games," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "That's the type of performance we expect out of her and she really kind of sparked our club because we had several big hits in both games. To hit four home runs in one day is really impressive, though."
The performance marked Perez' fourth career multiple home run game, giving her a team-leading seven now on the season to go along with 18 RBI, 11 of which came in two games Saturday alone. She finished 2-for-2 at the plate with a walk before Nikki Dunlap replaced her at third base to start the fourth inning.
Perez' grand slam sparked a nine-run third for the Red Raiders, their most in a single inning this year. Katelyn Williams, for the second time on the day, followed Perez' grand slam with a solo shot of her own to right field, giving Tech a 10-2 lead the time.
Sandy James and Sydnie Tapia added a RBI double and triple in the frame as well while Gretchen Aucoin drove a RBI single through the right side as part of a 2-for-3 performance at the plate that included a walk.
In the circle, Brittany Talley (3-1) delivered a solid outing, surrendering just two earned runs off five hits in the complete-game victory. The southpaw also struck out six and walked one as well.
"Not only did we hit well today but I also thought our pitching was better as well," Hays said. "Gretchen (Aucoin) gave us a solid outing in the first game and then Brittany (Talley) found her groove against Penn State. It was nice to see our pitching staff start to get comfortable out there."
Tech's 14 runs in the game matched its season high set just the day before against UMKC. It was also Tech's third-straight victory decided via run-rule.
Christy Von Pusch (0-1) picked up the loss for Penn State as she allowed all 14 runs, 10 of which were earned, off eight hits and 11 walks in the first 2.2 innings. The right-hander was replaced in the third by Macy Jones, who kept Tech off the board over the final 2.1 innings.
Karlie Habitz cut into an early Tech lead with a two-run homer to left field in the second. Kailyn Johnson later added a RBI single in the third for Penn State's final run.
The Red Raiders close the Troy Cox Classic at 2:30 p.m. (CT) Sunday afternoon as they take on host New Mexico State.