Kenney, Williams Homer in 8-3 Victory Over Sam Houston State
Mikey Kenney connected on two home runs Sunday to lead Tech to an 8-3 victory over Sam Houston State.
Feb. 24, 2013
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Mikey Kenney homered twice and Katelyn Williams added a go-ahead three-run shot of her own to power Texas Tech to an 8-3 victory over Sam Houston State Sunday morning to close the Texas Shootout at Bobcat Stadium.
The victory avenged a previous 4-0 loss the night before against Sam Houston State (7-9) and helped the Red Raiders (10-5) finish the Texas Shootout in third place.
"We were much better at the plate today," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "I thought our approach was better and we were able to lift a couple pitches out of the park. We'll continue to work to get better and be ready to play in front of our home crowd next weekend."
Both of Kenney's home runs flew out to dead center field as she powered a leadoff homer in the third and then connected on a three-run shot in the sixth. She also added a leadoff double to open the game en route to finishing 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBI.
It was the third career multiple home run game of Kenney's career and first since recording two on March 12 last year against Jackson State. Kenney now has 36 home runs as a Red Raider, the most in school history.
Williams followed her third-inning homer with a three-run shot later in the frame that brought home pinch runner Marisa Malazzo and Adriana Perez. It was the fourth home run already this season for Williams, who totaled just one as a freshman in 2012.
Cara Custer (4-1) settled down following the three-run first to shut down the Bearkats, allowing just four hits over the final six innings, all of which that came in the final two frames.
Ashley Isbell drove in two runs with a two-out single up the middle in the first that was followed by another RBI single from Cecilia Castillo moments later. All three runs went unearned to Custer, who also totaled three strikeouts and a walk in her third-straight complete-game effort.
Haley Baros took the loss for Sam Houston after giving up four runs off five hits in 2.1 innings. She was relieved by Meme Quinn and Shelby Lancaster, who surrendered four runs off six hits over the final 4.2 innings after shutting out the Red Raiders the night before.
The Red Raiders open their home slate next weekend with the Texas Tech Invitational as Jackson State, McNeese State and Northern Colorado will all travel to Lubbock for the three-day event that begins Friday at Rocky Johnson Field.
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