McClure's Four RBI Power Texas Tech Past UT Arlington|
Cassie McClure went 3-for-4 with four RBI Thursday night in Tech's 4-1 victory over UT Arlington.
Photo courtesy of Ellman Photography
Feb. 20, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - Cassie McClure broke up a 1-1 tie with a three-run homer in the fifth inning Thursday evening that propelled Texas Tech to a 4-1 victory over UT Arlington at Allan Saxe Field.
The home run was the first career long ball for McClure, who finished with all four of Tech's RBI as the Red Raiders improved to 7-4 on the year heading into the second day of the UTA Hilton Invitational on Friday.
"It's always nice to start off a weekend with a win," said Tech head coach Shanon Hays, who was facing one of his former assistants in UTA coach Kristie Fox. "We had great pitching from Gretchen (Aucoin) and then picked up a big home run from Cassie (McClure) in the fifth. This is a big weekend for us and I was proud of how we got off to a good start."
With a three-run lead behind her, Gretchen Aucoin (2-0) wrapped up her first seven inning complete game of her career as she retired the final five UTA hitters in order.
The sophomore allowed just a run off five hits while striking out a season-high seven hitters en route to the fourth complete game of her career and first since tossing a four-hit shutout of Buffalo on March 16 last year.
UTA (6-5) scored its only run in the third inning off a Meagan Michele double to the gap in left center that scored leadoff hitter Britnea Barilli, who opened the frame with one of three walks issued by Aucoin on the night.
The Mavericks stranded eight runners, including two in the sixth when UTA put two runners on off singles from Jolene Schaefer and Mallory Foster with only one out in the frame.
McClure put the Red Raiders on the board in the early stages of the game as she grounded out to short in the first, scoring Sydni Emanuel in the process. Emanuel led off inning with a first-pitch double down the left-field line.
Tech finished with eight hits, five of which that came from the middle of its lineup as McClure finished 3-for-4 with singles in the third and seventh innings while Kierra Miles went 2-for-4 for her third multiple-hit game this season.
UTA starter Shannon Carrico (4-2) garnered the loss in the circle as she struck out four and walked four in the complete-game effort. Carrico spent her 2013 freshman season at Texas Tech before transferring to UTA this past summer.
This was the first of two meetings this season between Tech and UTA as the two schools will face each other again March 8 during the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic in Lubbock.
The Red Raiders continue the UTA Hilton Invitational Friday afternoon with a doubleheader against Creighton and UMKC. First pitch against Creighton is slated for 2 p.m.