Dennis Throws Another Gem in Texas Tech's 11-0 Win
March 5, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - A day after throwing a one-hit shutout, Kelsey Dennis came a few pitches close to matching the performance Saturday, throwing 4.2 scoreless innings in No. 19 Texas Tech's 11-0 victory over Dayton at Rocky Johnson Field.
Dennis, who gave up only one hit over five innings Friday in a shutout of Howard, fell one out shy of the complete game peformance as reliever Kermitria Ward got the final out for Tech (19-0) after Dayton delivered back-to-back singles with two outs in the fifth.
Besides the two hits in the fifth and a double by Dana Trotta in the second inning, Dennis (5-0) was nearly flawless as she struck out a career-high nine batters over 4.2 innings, extending her scoreless innings streak to 14.2 over her last three outings.
The Tech offense gave Dennis plenty of run support in the first as Cydney Allen and Logan Hall connected on consecutive RBI singles, giving Tech an early 2-0 lead. Tech added three more runs in the inning thanks to RBIs from Raven Richardson and Randi Tongate along with a Dayton fielding error.
Sandy James kept the Tech momentum going in the third, taking a 2-0 fastball over the fence in left field for the first of two home runs in the game. She later added a two-run shot in the fourth inning as part of a 2-for-2 day at the plate that included three runs scored and three RBIs.
Allen delivered a solo home run with one out in the fourth prior to James' second home run. The Red Raiders plated four runners in the inning, allowing their sixth-straight game to end by run rule.
Alysha Isaacson (4-2) took the loss for Dayton (7-6) after allowing eight runs off eight hits over 3.1 innings in the circle. Amanda Daly gave up three runs in less than an inning of relief.