Hall's 7 RBI Lifts No. 19 Texas Tech in Tournament Opener|
Feb. 25, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Logan Hall drove in a career-high seven RBIs while Emily Bledsoe added three RBIs of her own as No. 19 Texas Tech began the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic with a 16-3 rout of Northern Illinois Friday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field.
Following a first-inning home run by Northern Illinois' Nicole Germillion, Hall responded in the bottom of the inning with her first of three hits in the game, hitting a two-out double off a high fly ball that landed just in front of second baseman Andrea Colosimo.
Hall added a RBI single in the second and later connected on a grand slam deep over the fence in left for her third home run of the year to add to Tech's lead in the fourth. The junior infielder finished the game 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored on top of her seven RBIs.
After Hamada and Mikey Kenney lead off the third with singles and Drewry loaded the bases on a walk, Bledsoe jump started another five-run inning for the Red Raiders with a bases-clearing triple. Cydney Allen immediately followed with a 3-2 two-run home run to left field for the junior's second dinger of the year.
In the circle, Ashley Brokeshoulder threw three solid innings, allowing three runs off five hits to improve to a team-best 5-0 on the year. Karli Merlich came in to pitch two shutout innings of relief.
Whitney Owens (0-3) earned the loss for Northern Illinois after being pulled following Allen's homer. She allowed 12 runs total, seven of which were earned, in two full innings.
Northern Illinois (1-6) was coming off a 3-0 shutout of Wichita State in the earlier game of the tournament. St. John's led off the day with a 7-5 victory over the Shockers as well.