Texas Tech Extends Win Streak, Drops Wichita State|
Feb. 27, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - A year after failing to extend a 15-game win streak against Wichita State, No. 19 Texas Tech made sure the same thing did not happen two years in a row Sunday afternoon.
The Red Raiders (16-0), behind five solid innings from Brittany Talley, extended their season-opening win streak to 16 games, defeating the Shockers, 10-2, in the finale of the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic at Rocky Johnson Field.
Wichita State ended Tech's win streak a year ago with a 5-2 victory on March 6 in Lubbock.
Playing with winds gusting near 50 mph, Talley (5-0) was able to keep the ball low in the zone and collected four strikeouts in the complete game effort. The freshman allowed two runs off six hits in the game while walking one.
After a 1-1 tie through two innings, the Tech offense exploded with five runs in the third, beginning with a bases-loaded single off the wall in left field from Sandy James that scored Stephanie Drewry. Raven Richardson followed with a two-run single of her own.
Following an illegal pitch that scored James, Randi Tongate drove in the first of two RBIs in the game, plating Richardson with a sacrifice fly. Tongate added a solo home run in the fifth inning, her second long ball of the year.
Drewry and Cydney Allen both added RBIs for Tech in the fourth inning. Following Tongate's homer in the fifth, Emily Bledsoe ended the game with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to left field, allowing Ashley Hamada to score the game-ending run from third base.
Brianna Smet (1-5) took the loss for Wichita State (4-11) after going 2.1 innings and allowing six runs off six hits and two walks. Sloan Anderson also gave up four runs for the Shockers in two innings of relief.
Tech begins the back end of its 25-game homestand next weekend with the Red Raider Classic. The Red Raiders will face Howard and Dayton in the three-day round-robin format that begins Friday at Rocky Johnson Field.