Red Raiders Start Day With 7-3 Victory Over Creighton|
Kierra Miles recorded a season-high five RBI Friday afternoon in Tech's 7-3 victory over Creighton.
Feb. 21, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - Kierra Miles went 3-for-4 with a season-high five RBI Friday afternoon to lead Texas Tech to a 7-3 victory over Creighton to start the second day of the UTA Hilton Invitational at Allan Saxe Field.
Each of Miles' five RBI came with two outs in the inning as she plated Tech's first two runs of the game with a two-run infield single in the third and then broke up a 2-2 tie in the fifth with another two-run single straight through the middle.
Miles ended the day by adding an extra insurance run for the Red Raiders (8-4) in the sixth as she sent a RBI single into right field, scoring pinch hitter Brooke Scott from second base. It was the most RBI in a game for a Red Raider this year and most since Katibeth King also plated five on April 14 last year against No. 1 Oklahoma.
Miles' run support alone was enough for Tech starter Brittany Talley (4-0) to earn her fourth victory of the season after allowing just two runs off three hits in her five innings of work. Talley also struck out five in what was the largest run support she has received from the Tech offense this year.
Gretchen Aucoin came on to pitch the final two innings, allowing just an unearned run in the seventh for her Big 12 Conference-leading third save already this season. Aucoin is just one save shy of tying Erin Crawford's single-season school record from 2006.
Creighton's only runs charged to the Tech pitching staff came in the fourth when Alexis Cantu drilled a two-run homer over the fence in center field. It was one of just five hits for the Bluejays (3-3).
Becca Changstrom (2-2) garnered the loss for Creighton in the circle after giving up all seven runs off 11 hits while striking out seven in a complete game effort.
Tech scored five of its seven runs in the final two frames off Changstrom as Samantha Camello added a RBI single in the fifth and Sydnie Tapia led off the sixth with a solo home run just inside the foul pole in left field.
It was the first home run of the season for Tapia, who also led off the fifth inning with a triple that bounced off the wall in left center. She joined Kristi Belshe with a 2-for-3 day at the plate.
The game was the first of two on the day for the Red Raiders, who were set to face UMKC in the final game.