Long Ball Leads Texas Tech Past Binghamton in Tournament Opener
Emily Bledsoe had one of three Tech home runs against Binghamton Friday.
March 2, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech used three home runs and six innings of work from Brittany Talley to take a 7-2 victory over Binghamton Friday afternoon in the opener of the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic at Rocky Johnson Field.
Adriana Perez led off the scoring for the Red Raiders (12-5) in the third, smashing a two-run shot over the fence in left to break up a scoreless game with her fourth home run of the season.
Randi Tongate added another run later in the frame as she hit a bloop single to shallow left field to bring in Logan Hall who had doubled two batters before. Tongate, who was making just her first start behind the plate this season, finished 2-for-3 in the game.
Mikey Kenney pushed Tech's lead to four in the fourth as she led off the inning with a solo home run to left field.
Binghamton (2-5) made a rally of sorts over the next two innings, cutting into Tech's lead with a run in fifth and then a Jessica Phillips' solo homer to start the sixth.
The Red Raiders responded in the bottom of the inning, though, as Emily Bledsoe crushed a three-run shot over the fence in center, giving the Tech pitching staff plenty of room with only an inning remaining.
Tech matched its season high with three home runs in the game. The Red Raiders had previously homored three times this year against San Diego State in the season opener and then Utah State on Feb. 19 to close the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas.
Talley (4-2) earned the win for the Red Raiders as the sophomore gave up two runs, one earned, off five hits in six innings of work. Chandler Moore pitched a scoreless seventh in relief.
Rhoda Marsteller (1-3), meanwhile, picked up the loss for the Bearcats after giving up the first four runs over the opening three innings. She was replaced by Kate Price, who surrendered three runs, two of which were earned, over the final three innings.
Binghamton opened the tournament with a 6-2 loss to UT-Arlington earlier in the day. The Bearcats' eight hits matched the season high for a Tech opponent this year.
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