McClure, Miles Homer Early in 12-1 Rout of Rhode Island|
March 1, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech pushed across 10 runs off two Cassie McClure home runs and a two-run shot by Kierra Miles in the first inning Saturday en route to a 12-1 run-rule over Rhode Island at Rocky Johnson Field.
McClure hit a three-run bomb to start Tech (12-6) off in the first and then followed later in the inning with a grand slam to help give the Red Raiders their most runs in an inning this year and their most since plating 16 exactly one year ago against Jackson State.
McClure ended the first inning with seven RBI, finishing just one shy of the Tech single-game record. She nearly added her third home run of the game in the third but her long fly ball to center field was caught at the warning track.
Tech built a 6-0 lead off Miles' two-run homer and a bases-loaded walk to Lea Hopson before McClure connected on her grand slam, which was the second for a Red Raider this season.
The successful bottom of the first marked the first time Tech recorded three home runs in an inning since Mikey Kenney, Sandy James and Adriana Perez combined to do so on March 16, 2012, at Seton Hall.
It was more than enough run support for Brittany Talley (5-0), who remained undefeated on the season after taking a perfect game late into the fourth inning. Talley retired the first 11 hitters she faced before Stacey Fox sent a roller up the middle for Rhode Island's first base runner.
McClure replaced Talley in the circle as she'd pitch two-thirds of an inning before Mattison Maisel, making her collegiate debut, recorded the final two outs in the fifth.
Rhode Island (1-6) starter Caitlin Kennedy (0-3) suffered the loss for the Rams as she gave up nine runs off four hits while walking four in two-thirds of an inning. She was relieved by Sam Bedore, who could only manage to record an out before Cassie Baker came in to close down the Red Raiders over the final three innings.
Bedore allowed three runs and four walks in one-third of an inning, including a two-run home run to Sydnie Tapia to start off the second. It was Tapia's second home run of the season, matching her total from her 2013 freshman season.
Rhode Island's eight walks matched the season high for a Tech opponent this season. The Rams finished with just two hits off the Tech pitching staff as Jocelyn Mattison connected on a RBI single in the fourth.