Red Raiders Take 5-3 Extra-Inning Victory Over New Mexico State
Adriana Perez broke up a 3-3 tie with a RBI single in the eighth inning Sunday.
Feb. 17, 2013
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Adriana Perez broke up a 3-3 tie with a RBI single in the eighth and Taylor Powell followed with a run-scoring double to propel Texas Tech to a 5-3 extra-inning victory over New Mexico State Sunday afternoon at the NMSU Softball Complex.
With the win, the Red Raiders (7-3) conclude the Troy Cox Classic with four-straight victories following a 6-4 setback against Colorado State in the opener Friday morning. The Rams ended the weekend 4-1 to claim the tournament title via a head-to-head tiebreaker.
"This was a big win today for our team," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "We had a chance to put the game away early and we had a few things not go our way but we battled and found a way to win. New Mexico State has a good ballclub and this will be a good win for us at the end of the season."
Perez' single in the eighth was her first hit in the game as she scored pinch runner Hannah Bell, who started the inning on second due to the international tiebreaker rule. The game-winning hit concluded an impressive weekend for Perez where she totaled four home runs and 14 RBI.
Nikki Dunlap entered to run for Perez and scored on Powell's line-drive double that sailed over the head of left fielder Amber Olive. Powell finished 2-for-4 as she also singled in the fifth inning and later scored on a RBI single from Mikey Kenney.
The Aggies sent the game into extra innings with a Teresa Conrad two-out RBI single in the seventh that bounced up the middle just out of reach from Brooke Scott at short and tied the game. It was the first earned runs of the game off the Tech pitching staff as four errors had previously led to two New Mexico State runs.
Tech went into the bottom of the inning leading 3-2 after a Shelby Johnson two-out RBI single to left field. She scored Kenney on the play after the center fielder drilled a double to left center for her second hit of the game.
Brittany Talley (4-1) picked up the win for the Red Raiders after the southpaw relieved starter Cara Custer with one out in the sixth inning. She gave up just the run in the seventh before Custer returned to record the final out in the eighth.
Alex Newman, meanwhile, earned the loss in a strong effort as she surrendered five runs, four of which were earned, off seven hits and one strikeout in seven full innings. Celisha Walker relieved her following Perez' RBI single in the eighth.
The Red Raiders return to the road once again next weekend for the Texas Shootout hosted by Texas State in San Marcos.