Big Second Inning Pushes Texas Tech to 18-0 Rout of Jackson State|
Adriana Perez powered two home runs in Texas Tech's 16-run second inning Friday afternoon.
March 1, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech plated 16 runs in the second inning and held Jackson State to just one hit in an 18-0 rout Friday afternoon in the Texas Tech Invitational opener at Rocky Johnson Field.
The Red Raiders (11-5) finished with season highs in both hits and runs en route to their largest margin of victory since also defeating Alcorn State, 18-0, on March 13, 2011. Tech's 16-run second also marked its most runs in an inning since scoring 20 in the second as well against North Carolina Central on March 12, 2010.
Adriana Perez led the way with six RBI, five of which came off two second-inning home runs. The senior, who now has a Big 12-leading 10 home runs this year, smashed a solo shot early in the inning and then connected on a grand slam later in the frame.
She also added a first-inning RBI single that scored Mikey Kenney. It was the second six RBI game for Perez already this year and the third time she had homered twice in a game as well.
Tech head coach Shanon Hays turned to his bench midway through the second inning as 21 of 25 players on the roster found their way into the lineup. Of that total, 11 had at least one hit in the game and eight drove in at least one run.
The Red Raiders were equally as dominant in the circle as well as Jackson State's (4-14) only hit came off a Sabeana Romero leadoff single to start the top of the second. It was the second one-hitter for the Tech pitching staff this year as Cara Custer tossed one on her own last Saturday against UT Arlington.
Gretchen Aucoin (2-0) picked up the win after tossing two innings in relief of starter Brittany Talley. The freshman struck out two before giving way to Shannon Carrico, who also struck out two while throwing the fifth inning.
Jasmine Warren earned the loss for the Tigers after giving up 12 runs, all earned, off 15 hits and four walks in four complete innings. Jackson State had previously fell, 5-3, earlier in the day to Northern Colorado.