Talley Throws First Career No-Hitter in Win Over Dayton|
March 4, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - After one game of the Red Raider Classic, No. 19 Texas Tech had only allowed one hit over five innings.
Following another five-inning victory, the Red Raiders had still only allowed one hit on the scoreboard as Brittany Talley kept Dayton hitless in a 8-0 win Friday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field.
Dayton's only runner to reach base came off an Ashley Turner walk with one out in the second inning. Not known for overpowering hitters, Talley (6-0) struck out four batters and relied on her defense the rest of the way as Dayton never found an answer for the southpaw.
"I really didn't know I had (the no-hitter) until (the PA announcer) announced it over the loud speaker," Talley said following the game. "Now that I think about it, it feels really good. It's great to have this defense behind me because you can't have a no-hitter without having all those girls behind you to make all those great plays. It is really a great feeling that I can throw all my pitches and they will always be there behind me."
The freshman garnered the start in the second game for the Red Raiders after Kelsey Dennis threw a one-hit shutout against Howard earlier in the day.
The win extended Tech's season-opening winning streak to 18 games as the Red Raiders remain one of the few undefeated teams left in the country.
"Both those lefties got ahead in the count and moved the ball around well," head coach Shanon Hays said. "Both Howard and Dayton are decent hitting squads, and Dayton is really good at the plate. Brittany Talley has been throwing the ball well all year, and we are very proud of her. For the first day of a three-day classic like this, to be able to have your pitching be this efficient, I'm really happy about the way we competed."
Tech took advantage of big innings at the plate to give Talley plenty of run support. The Red Raiders plated three runners in the second inning and capitalized on a few Dayton errors in the fourth to put the game away.
After opening the game with a RBI single from Logan Hall in the first, Raven Richardson began the second with a two-run homer to right field, her third dinger of the year. Mikey Kenney added an RBI later in the inning off a single up the middle.
Kermitria Ward got things rolling for Tech in the fourth, beating the throw to first on a slapped ground ball to short. The speedy freshman kept the pressure on Dayton soon after, moving from first to third on a Mikey Kenney single to centerfield.
Ward and Kenney both came around to score on Dayton's first error of the inning as a McKenzie Clemmons grounder went just under the glove of Ashley Turner at second. The Flyers appeared out of the inning a few batters later, but a Sandy James two-out grounder to Brittany Barker at third was thrown wild to first, allowing two more Tech runners to score.
With the eight-run lead necessary to end the game via run rule, Talley ended the game with her third-straight three-up, three-down inning.
Amanda Daly (2-2) earned the loss for Dayton after three innings pitched where she allowed six runs off nine hits and two walks. The Flyers (6-5) had previously won their opening game of the day over Howard, 10-3.
Tech continues the Red Raiders Classic Saturday afternoon, facing both Dayton and Howard in another doubleheader. The Red Raiders and Flyers will meet at 1 p.m. with Tech's final game of the day against Howard starting 30 minutes after the final out.