Texas Tech Caps Rough Day With 1-0 Loss to McNeese State|
March 2, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech wrapped a difficult second day of the Texas Tech Invitational with a 1-0 extra-inning loss to McNeese State Saturday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field.
The loss was Tech's second of the day after the Red Raiders (12-7) fell to Jackson State, 4-2. It marked the first time Tech had dropped consecutive non-conference games at home in the same season since Texas State swept a March 22, 2004, doubleheader.
"We just couldn't create any offense today," Tech head coach Shanon Hays. "It was one of those days where nothing went our way and we have to look to correct that tomorrow. McNeese pitched well but we still have to find way to create offense and we didn't do that today."
After seven scoreless innings, McNeese utilized the international tiebreaker rule to its advantage as the Cowgirls quickly bunted runner Katie Roux to third where she would later score off a Jessica Bowden fly ball to center that was dropped by Mikey Kenney.
The Cowgirls eventually left the bases loaded as Cara Custer worked herself out of a jam after a walk and another Tech fielding error. Custer (5-2) failed to surrender a hit in her 4.2 innings of relief work as she struck out six and walked one.
The right-hander has now gone 42-straight innings without giving up an earned run dating back to the season-opening Sportco Kick-Off Classic. She and starter Brittany Talley also combined for 11 strikeouts, the most for the Tech pitching staff this year.
The Red Raiders had a chance to win in the eighth as Tech put runners on the corners with one out before Adriana Perez grounded out to the circle and Sydnie Tapia struck out to end the game. Sandy James was intentionally walked to load the bases prior to Tapia's at-bat.
Tech stranded 10 total runners, including one in all but two innings. The Red Raiders' best scoring chance early was in the third when Katelyn Williams doubled to the wall in center field but a liner from Perez was snatched by a leaping Katie Roux at short, though, to end the inning.
Meagan Bond (7-2) picked up the win after coming on in relief to surrender just out hit while striking out four and walking two over the final three innings. She relieved Jamie Allred, who gave up just four hits of her own in the first five innings.
The Red Raiders close the weekend against Northern Colorado Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Rocky Johnson Field.