Texas Tech Wraps Undefeated Weekend With 7-1 Victory Over UTA

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Katelyn Williams finished with three RBI in Tech's 7-1 victory over UT-Arlington Sunday.

March 4, 2012

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Katelyn Williams recorded a career-high three RBI and Sandy James added two of her own to help Texas Tech wrap an undefeated showing in the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic with a 7-1 victory over UT-Arlington Sunday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field.

The win, Tech's 16th in its last 17 games, left the Red Raiders (17-5) a perfect 6-0 on the weekend after winning an earlier game against Binghamton, 4-3. Tech has won the Jeannine McHaney tournament title in each of its two-year existence.

For the second-straight game, it was the freshman, Williams, making the big hit early as she drove in Logan Hall and Raven Richardson with a one-out single to left in the second inning.

After making her first career start just a day earlier, Williams wrapped the final four games of the tournament with an RBI in each, giving her seven on the season. She also brought in another run in the third on a ball she check-swinged just inside the first-base line which scored Hall from third.

Emily Bledsoe kept Tech's scoring rolling later in the second as she sent the first of three singles in the game up the middle, giving Ashley Hamada enough time to scamper home. Bledsoe later scored off a RBI single from James to right.

James gave Tech an added boost in the sixth as she drove in her final run with a sacrifice fly to right that brought in Hamada from third. Taylor Powell also came in on the play after the throw to third went wild as Powell was also tagging from second.

UT-Arlington, meanwhile, struggled to solve an assortment of Red Raider pitchers as the Mavericks (9-7) finished with only three hits in the game, matching the season low for Tech opponents.

UTA did not put a runner in scoring position until the seventh when Courtney Enocksen led off with a double to right. She scored later on a RBI ground out from Teri Lyles.

Cara Custer (10-3) picked up her Big 12-leading 10th victory of the season and third on the weekend after the freshman threw the first four scoreless innings while giving up only a hit and walk. She also struck out four hitters in the game en route to finishing the tournament with a perfect 0.00 earned-run average.

Brittany Talley and Chandler Moore both surrendered just a hit each in relief of Custer. Talley kept the Mavericks scoreless over her two innings of work before Moore allowed the one run in the seventh.

Callie Collins (5-4) took the loss for the Mavericks after giving up all seven runs, six of which were earned, in a complete game effort.

The Red Raiders turn around and travel to the state capital Tuesday night to open Big 12 play against No. 6 Texas. First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. at McCombs Field in Austin.




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