Kenney, James Belt Home Runs in 9-1 Victory Over UMKC
March 9, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Mikey Kenney belted a pair of home runs while Sandy James added one of her own to push Texas Tech to its second run-rule of the day with a 9-1 victory over UMKC Saturday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field.
The victory, the third already this year for Tech over UMKC (7-10), moved the Red Raiders (16-8) to 3-1 so far in the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic with a pair games still scheduled for Sunday and one on Monday.
"We had a good day today," Tech head coach Shanon Hays. "We saw the ball a little bit better and then got really good pitching from Gretchen Aucoin in the second game. This was the type of day this team is capable of and I was proud of the way we played."
Kenney connected on a solo shot in the fifth and then a three-run blast in the sixth for her second multiple home run game already this season. The home run in the sixth was part of a six-run inning for the Red Raiders, who have won all three games this weekend via run rule.
James had previously homered in the third, the second of her three hits in the game, as she finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. She notched the game-ending hit in the sixth with a two-out double that brought Shelby Johnson in all the way from first.
Gretchen Aucoin was dominant in the circle, meanwhile, as the freshman did not surrender a hit until a Brooke Parker leadoff single in the sixth. Parker later scored UMKC's only run off a Tech throwing error to try to catch Liz Broyles stealing second.
Parker's hit was the only one given up by Aucoin (3-0), who struck out a career-high nine in her first-career complete game. Her nine strikeouts marked the most for a Tech pitcher this season.
Deanna Friese (4-5) picked up the loss for UMKC after allowing nine runs, eight of which were earned, off 11 hits and one walk. She also struck out seven in the complete-game performance as well.
Tech and UMKC will face each other for the final time to start the third day of the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic Sunday afternoon as first pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. The Red Raiders will also face Troy later in the day with a scheduled 5:30 p.m. start.