Red Raiders Explode for 16 Runs to Top UMKC
March 10, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech broke up an 8-8 tie in the fifth with eight runs for its fourth run-rule victory this weekend as the Red Raiders topped UMKC, 16-8, Sunday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field.
The victory marked Tech's fifth already this season over UMKC (7-11) as the Red Raiders (17-8) improved to 4-1 so far in the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic with two games against Troy still remaining.
The Red Raiders appeared set to easily run-rule the Kangaroos early in the game after exploding for eight runs over the first three innings. UMKC, though, responded with a six-run fourth inning that was followed with two runs off a Katie Kelley two-run homer in the fifth.
Adriana Perez and Samantha Camello both drove in a pair of runs in the fifth with Perez looping a single to left while Camello connected on a double later in the frame before scoring the game-ending run off a Shelby Johnson RBI single.
Perez and Camello both powered solo home runs early in the game as well. Camello hit a one-out shot to left in the second, her first career home run, while Perez followed with her 12th long ball already this year to lead off the fourth inning.
Perez finished with four RBI for the fourth time this season, while Camello matched her season high with three RBI that she set just the day before against IPFW.
Nikki Dunlap also connected on her first career home run in the fourth as she drove a three-run shot over the wall in left center. Sandy James added two RBI in the game as well off a two-out double in the first and then a bases-loaded walk to give Tech the lead in the fifth.
Tech's 16 runs marked its most since plating 18 against Jackson State on March 1. It was also the eighth time this year where the Red Raiders scored in double digits.
Cara Custer (8-2) picked up the win as she gave up two runs, only one of which was earned, off three hits while matching her career high with nine strikeouts in five full innings. Shannon Carrico relieved Custer to start the fourth but allowed six hits that resulted in six runs before Custer returned to get Tech out of the inning.
Jacinda Ramos (2-5) took the loss as she came on with one out in the fifth to allow six runs, only one of which were earned, off five hits and two walks. She relieved Kelley, who threw 2.1 innings following starter Deanna Friese.
Kelley finished 2-for-3 at the plate with four RBI as she drove a two-run single in the fourth before her fifth-inning home run. Chelsea Hartwig also added a pair of RBI with a two-run double in the fourth.
The Red Raiders close the day against Troy in a scheduled 5:30 p.m. first pitch this afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field.