Feb. 19, 2012
The game was the second all-time between the two schools. Portland State won the opening contest with a 7-1 victory on Feb. 21, 2005, which was also played in Las Vegas.
The win was Tech's fourth-straight, its longest streak since winning 11 in a row from March 11-20 last year.
The win was also Tech's second on the weekend against a team that advanced to a NCAA Regional last season. The Red Raiders defeated Long Beach State late Saturday afternoon as well. Tech is 3-2 this year against postseason teams from a year ago.
The Red Raiders finished with seven hits for the fourth time in the last five games. Tech recorded a season-high nine hits earlier in the day against Idaho State.
Tech had not previously homored twice in the first inning during head coach Shanon Hays' two-plus seasons.
In two games on Saturday, Tech had three first-inning home runs as Mikey Kenney leadoff the game with a solo shot against Idaho State. Sandy James and Adriana Perez followed with dingers against Portland State.
Tech's five-run first inning were its most in the opening frame since scoring seven against Harvard in the second game of last year's NCAA Tucson Regional.
Cara Custer earned her third win on the weekend as the freshman allowed just one run over seven innings. It was her second-straight complete game. She also notched a season high with seven strikeouts, the most for any Tech pitcher this season.
Custer surrendered only five hits in the game, matching Tech's team season low for fewest in a game. San Diego State was also held to just five hits in the season opener Feb. 9.
Taylor Powell recorded her first multiple-hit game of the year and third of her career after a 2-for-3 day at the plate in her first start of the season. Powell had not recorded at least two hits since going 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI on March 13 last year against Alcorn State. Powell also had a double earlier in the day against Idaho State.
Adriana Perez recorded her first multiple-hit game of her Tech career as she finished 2-for-3 with a home run and a fifth inning single. The home run was also her first this season.
Sandy James' three RBI off her first-inning home run marked her second multiple-RBI game of the year. It also was the first time a Tech player had three or more RBI this year.