Home Runs by James, Richardson Drive Texas Tech in Game One|
March 9, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Sandy James drove in four runs while Raven Richardson belted her first career grand slam as No. 19 Texas Tech topped New Mexico, 9-6, in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday at Rocky Johnson Field.
James accounted for each of Tech's (23-0) first three runs, smashing a two-run home run in the second before adding another RBI off a single in the fourth. The sophomore finished 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored and a season-high four RBIs.
Despite James' steady bat, the Lobos (6-7) responded from a three-run deficit in the fifth to smash two home runs to take a 4-3 lead. Chelseas Anaya belted a one-out solo shot early in the inning, and Kerry Hodgins followed with a three-run blast of her own a few batters later.
Facing its first late-inning deficit since opening weekend, Mikey Kenney and Stephanie Drewry began a one-out rally for the Red Raiders with back-to-back singles to jump-start a six-run fifth inning. Emily Bledsoe continued the hot hitting a few pitches later with a RBI single to center field to score Kenney.
Following a Logan Hall walk to load the bases, James added her final RBI of the day, this time by drawing four-pitch walk to bring in Drewry and give Tech the lead. With the bases still loaded, Richardson increased Tech's lead even further, taking a 1-1 pitch over the fence in center field for her fifth home run of the year.
The Lobos added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth off a Jessica Garcia double to center. Kermitria Ward came on in relief to get the Red Raiders out of the jam with a ground out to Bledsoe at third that ended the inning.
Brittany Talley (8-0) picked up her team-leading eighth win of the year after 3.2 innings pitched where she gave up three runs off six hits. She was relieved after only 1.1 innings for Ashley Brokeshoulder but returned in the fourth as part of the re-entry rule.
Brokeshoulder gave up three runs, two of which were earned, in two innings of relief. Ward worked a perfect seventh inning for her second save of the season.
Kari Gutierrez (2-4) drew the loss for the Lobos after going 4.2 innings and allowing nine runs off eight hits and four walks. Madeline Green also threw 1.1 shutout innings of relief.