Dennis' One-Hitter Leads Texas Tech Over Bryant|
Feb. 19, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Kelsey Dennis retired the final 14 hitters en route to a one-hit complete game as No. 21 Texas Tech topped Bryant, 10-2, Friday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader at Rocky Johnson Field.
With a game still scheduled against Bryant in the day's finale, the Red Raiders moved to 8-0 early in the year, continuing the best start in school history.
Most of Tech's success early in the game came from Dennis' play in the circle. She issued a walk to leadoff hitter Lauren Guy and gave up two runs in the first inning, only one of which was earned, but settled down to start the second. She sat down the Wolverines in order over the final four innings.
Dennis finished with five strikeouts in the game as the only hit against her came off a Laura Bowen single in the first inning. Tech had not previously had a one-hit performance since Ashly Jacobs did so last year against UC Davis in the NCAA Regional at Stanford. Jacobs went the full seven innings in the outing.
While Dennis was effective in the circle, Tech's top of the lineup found ways to get on base. Mikey Kenney and McKenzie Clemmons both finished 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI, while Logan Hall added a 2-for-2 performance with two RBIs of her own.
Tech used a five-run fifth inning to end the game via the mercy rule. Hall drove in both of her RBIs in the inning off a two-run single to left field, while Hamada, Kenney, and Clemmons all added RBIs to close out the win for Tech.
Brittany Hart earned the loss for Bryant, going four innings, while allowing 11 hits and eight runs, seven of which were earned. Bryant (1-3) fell in the day's opening game to Utah Valley, 7-6.