No. 6 Texas Run Rules Texas Tech in Series Opener|
Ashley Hamada had one of three Tech hits in an 8-0 loss Tuesday evening.
March 6, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Blaire Luna held Texas Tech to only three hits and No. 6 Texas scored at least a run in every inning en route to an 8-0 run-ruled victory Tuesday evening in the Big 12 opener for both squads at McCombs Field.
After a hot-hitting performance at home last weekend, the Red Raiders (17-6; 0-1) could not create much offense against Luna (8-0) as the right-hander allowed only one runner to reach second base.
In addition to giving up just three hits, Luna also posted eight strikeouts on the night, the most for a Tech opponent since Texas State struck out nine to open the Texas Shootout Feb. 24.
The Texas (18-1; 1-0) offense, meanwhile, used its speed and short game to frustrate a usually reliable Tech defense. The Red Raiders recorded three errors on the night, matching their season high against Northwestern Feb. 10.
The Longhorns notched five infield hits in the game and also drove in three runs via perfectly placed ground ball where Tech's only play was at first.
Courtney Craig opened the scoring in the first with a two-out single through the right side that plated Lexi Bennett who had just a pitch before drove a double to right center.
After Texas scored another run in the second, Torie Schmidt helped break the game open with a slapped two-out single up the middle to give the Longhorns a 5-0 lead. Tech had previously committed two errors in the inning, one of which that had brought in an earlier run.
The inning marked the end for Tech starter Cara Custer (10-4) as the freshman earned her first loss in her last 11 outings after giving up seven hits and five runs, three of which were earned, while striking out two and walking two in 3.0 innings pitched.
Reliever Brittany Talley came in to start the fourth and gave up a leadoff home run to Karina Scott. The southpaw settled down to get out of the inning.
Texas also added a run in the fifth before Brejae Washington closed the game with a walkoff triple that scored Taylor Hoagland.
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Red Raiders and dropped Tech to 6-27 all-time in Big 12 opening series. Tech had previously never opened conference play against its in-state rival Texas.
The two teams continue the series Wednesday afternoon with a 4 p.m. first pitch at McCombs Field.