Red Raiders Hang On to Top UMKC, 5-4|
Sydni Emanuel extended her hitting streak to 10 games Friday in Tech's 5-4 victory over UMKC.
Feb. 21, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - Texas Tech picked up two-run doubles from Kristi Belshe and Sydni Emanuel Friday afternoon en route to completing a doubleheader sweep with a 5-4 victory over UMKC at Allan Saxe Field.
The victory improved the Red Raiders (9-4) to 3-0 so far in the UTA Hilton Invitational, extending Tech's longest winning streak so far this season to three games. Tech previously defeated Creighton, 7-3, earlier in the day.
"I thought we had a pretty good day," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "We swung the bats well at times and then we received pretty good pitching for all 14 innings. I was proud of our focus today and I hope that continues into Saturday as well."
Belshe opened Tech's scoring in the first inning with a two-out, two-run double that bounced off the wall in left field and scored Emanuel and pinch runner Camaury Washington all the way from first base.
It was Belshe's team-leading fourth multiple-RBI game this season as the junior closed the day 3-for-6 at the plate between the two games. She finished 1-for-3 against UMKC.
Emanuel padded Tech's lead a few innings later in the fourth as she went the other way with a bases-loaded double that scored Samantha Camello and Brittany Lee. Sydnie Tapia tried to score all the way from first on the play but was gunned down at the plate to end the inning.
Belshe and Emanuel's doubles plus a RBI single from Gretchen Aucoin in the fifth were just enough to help the Red Raiders hold off a UMKC club that was previously run-ruled by the Red Raiders, 13-5, almost two weeks ago in Louisiana.
UMKC (5-6) scored its first run of the game in the fourth off a Cara Custer wild pitch. Tech miscues in the field allowed the Kangaroos to cut the lead to just one in the sixth as a passed ball combined with a Chandler Moore throwing error into center field led to three runs in the inning.
Moore, facing only one out in the inning, got Tech out of trouble with back-to-back outs to end the sixth before Cassie McClure came on to toss a perfect seventh inning for her first career save.
Custer (3-3) picked up the win for the Red Raiders in the circle as the right-hander went four innings, giving up just one run off four hits while striking out three. It was easily Custer's best outing so far this season as she had not previously allowed less than three runs in a start to this point.
Kaite Kelley (2-3) took the loss for UMKC after surrendering all five runs, three of which that were earned, in a complete-game effort. She held Tech to just six hits while striking out four and walking four as well.
The Red Raiders will close the UTA Hilton Invitational Saturday morning with a doubleheader against Illinois and Creighton. First pitch against Illinois is currently slated for 9 a.m.