Talley, Richardson Help Lead Texas Tech to 6-0 Victory in Opener
Raven Richardson crushed a three-run homer in the fifth inning to spark a 6-0 victory Friday.
Feb. 24, 2012
WACO, Texas - Brittany Talley surrendered only five hits and Raven Richardson highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a three-run homer to help lead Texas Tech to a 6-0 victory over Texas State in the opener of the Texas Shootout at Getterman Stadium.
The shutout was Talley's (2-1) first of the season as the left-hander got out of a couple early jams before retiring nine of the final 10 hitters. The sophomore struck out four in the game while not allowing a walk, a first for Tech this season.
Texas State (4-7) threatened early as the Bobcats put two runners on in the first and then another runner in scoring position in the third, only for Talley to get out of the inning with a strikeout in the first and a fly ball to center in the third.
After Tech (8-4) was held to just one hit over the first three innings, Talley got some help on the offensive end as Holley Gentsch, who was playing near her hometown of Hewitt, got Tech on the board in the fourth with a sacrifice fly to right that scored Richardson.
After back-to-back errors let Sandy James and Adriana Perez on base, Richardson wrapped the inning with her three-run shot to left field that scored Emily Cooper and Kermitria Ward who were both pinch running. Perez' ground ball to short a few pitches earlier scored Bledsoe.
Chandler Hall (1-4) took the loss for the Bobcats after giving up six runs, only one of which was earned, off six hits while walking two. She also struck out nine in the complete game effort.
The win was Tech's seventh-straight heading into the second game of the day against North Texas. First pitch for that game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at the Southwest Regional Complex.