Red Raider Bats Stay Hot in 8-2 Victory Over Binghamton
Holley Gentsch hit her first home run of the season in Tech's 8-2 rout of Binghamton Saturday.
March 3, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - After totaling nine runs and a season-high 14 hits earlier in the day against UT-Arlington, the Texas Tech bats kept rolling against Binghamton Saturday afternoon en route to an 8-2 victory to clinch the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic title at Rocky Johnson Field.
"It was a good day for us," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "It was a different day for us than yesterday. The wind was blowing out and we found a way to get on the board early and kept it going. I was glad to see our bats come to life more so than they've been and hopefully we can keep it rolling tomorrow."
The win improved Tech (15-5) to 4-0 on the weekend while dropping Binghamton (3-6) into a tie with UT-Arlington at 1-3 in the round robin format. Binghamton took the morning game against the Mavericks, 6-3.
Tech took advantage of another big first inning with four runs coming across for the second time on the day. The Red Raiders are 8-2 this year when scoring in the opening frame.
Holley Gentsch kept the offense going a few batters later with a two-out double to shallow left that plated pinch runner Meredith Heath. The senior scored soon after as Cydney Allen blooped a pinch-hit single to center that gave Gentsch enough room to scamper home.
The Bearcats cut Tech's lead in half in the next inning, though, scoring two unearned runs off a Caitlyn Friis two-out double that landed just inside the right-field line.
The Red Raiders snapped their 35.1 errorless inning streak to open the frame as starting pitcher Cara Custer misplayed a Jessica bunt back to the circle. Tech had previously gone the past four games without an error.
After a scoreless bottom of the inning, Kermitria Ward got the offense going once again for Tech, slapping a triple to right center that scored Gentsch from first. Ward tried to come home on the play for an inside-the-park home run but the throw to the plate was just in time to catch the speedy sophomore.
Tech scored a run in each of its final four innings at the plate as Kaitlyn Williams crushed a solo shot, her first career dinger, in the fourth, while Gentsch added her first home run of the season with a two-out shot in the fifth. James also drove in her second RBI of the game with a RBI single to center field.
Custer (9-3) picked up her Big 12-leading ninth victory after going the distance for the seventh time this year. The freshman gave up six hits while matching her career high of seven strikeouts for the second-straight day.
Kristen Emerling (0-2), meanwhile, earned the loss for Binghamton as the right-hander gave up six runs off nine hits over the first three innings. Demi Laney surrendered two runs off four hits during the final three innings in relief.
Tech closes the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic at 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning as the Red Raiders face Binghamton one final time before wrapping the tournament with a 1 p.m. game against UT-Arlington.