Talley, Allen Lead No. 19 Texas Tech Past St. John's|
Feb. 25, 2011
In a pitchers dual on both sides, Allen helped Tech (13-0) strike first with a two-run shot in the first inning that brought in Mikey Kenney, who led off the game with a walk. The homer was Allen's second of the day as she also belted a two-run shot against Northern Illinois.
Tech used its legs to add to its lead in the third. After Stephanie Drewry led off with a single and Emily Bledsoe followed with a walk, the duo took off on a double steal attempt which St. John's catcher Michelle Tilson was unable to catch, throwing the ball into left field to score Drewry. Bledsoe later scored off a Logan Hall sacrifice fly.
A four-run lead was all Talley would need. The freshman was perfect through the first three innings before running into some trouble in the fourth. After a leadoff ground out by Chelsea Durning, Fachion Jones notched St. John's first hit of the day with a single to left field. Chrissy Montez followed with another single to put two runners on for the Red Storm.
Following a strikeout of Kristi Cady, Jackie Reed lined a ground ball to short which bounced high and struck Raven Richardson in the face, allowing Jones to score and Montez and Cady to reach an additional base. St. John's added two more runs in the inning off RBI singles from Dominique Marcelino and Myriah Rodgers.
The southpaw settled down from there, though, to not allow another hit until the seventh inning. St. John's was able to put two runners on base with no outs in the seventh, but Talley struck out Durning and got a game-ending double play off a line drive from Jones to Bledsoe at third, who was able to make the throw to second for the quick force out.
Talley had not previously pitched seven complete innings this season. She allowed three runs total in the game off six hits to improve to 4-0 on the year.
Linzee Sumrall earned the loss for St. John's (5-7) as she went six complete innings, giving up four hits and four earned runs.
Tech resumes the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic tomorrow afternoon, facing both Northern Illinois and St. John's again with the first game scheduled for a 2 p.m. first pitch. Fans can check the Gameday Central page to see if there are any delays in the earlier games.