Red Raiders Extend Winning Streak With 6-1 Victory Over Bears|
Kierra Miles homered twice Thursday in Texas Tech's 6-1 victory over Northern Colorado.
March 6, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - Brittany Talley allowed just two hits and struck out a career-high nine batters Thursday evening to help Texas Tech sweep the opening day of the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic with a 6-1 victory over Northern Colorado at Rocky Johnson Field.
The victory extended Tech's winning streak to a season-long five games as the Red Raiders improved to 15-6 overall while Northern Colorado dropped to 3-18 overall.
"We had really good pitching in both games today," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "Anytime you get good pitching it allows your offense some room to swing away and I thought we took advantage of that. We hit the ball well in both games and that's something we've been looking to do better recently."
Talley got into early trouble in the first, walking the leadoff hitter and then following with a single before getting out of the jam with three strikeouts. Northern Colorado scored its only run off a double steal attempt where a Tech throwing error allowed Erica Dick to score.
It was the only run and really only threat Northern Colorado gave Talley (6-0) the rest of the way as the left-hander retired the next 10 hitters she faced. Jaicy Sutak was the only Northern Colorado hitter to reach base over the final six innings as she connected on a two-out single in the fifth.
The performance marked Talley's second no-hitter this season as she also held Nicholls State to just two hits in a complete-game shutout on Feb. 7, which was her first outing of the season.
Kierra Miles provided Talley enough run support on her own as the freshman homered twice with a solo shot in the second and then a two-run blast in the fourth inning. The two home runs move Miles into a tie with Lea Hopson for the team high with four as it was the third time a Red Raider has homered twice in a game already this season.
Miles' second home run ended Megan Wilkinson's (2-8) day in the circle as the right-hander took the loss after surrendering three runs off three hits in her three innings of work.
Tech added three insurance runs off reliever Jayme Reddacliff in the sixth inning thanks to a pair of two-out hits that began with a Sydnie Tapia RBI single up the middle. Tapia scored Miles on the hit and then later came across herself along with Sydni Emanuel on a Samantha Camello two-run double to center field.
Miles and Kristi Belshe both ended the game 3-for-3 at the plate, marking the fifth and sixth multiple-hit game for each this season. Belshe also went 2-for-2 in the tournament opener against UT Arlington as she finished the two games 5-for-5 overall with two triples and three RBI.
The Red Raiders and Northern Colorado will meet again Sunday afternoon in Tech's second-to-last game of the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic.
Tech will first face New Mexico State Friday afternoon in a 5:30 p.m. first pitch at Rocky Johnson Field.