Rancilio's Gem Snaps No. 19 Texas Tech's 24-Game Win Streak
March 11, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Alcorn State's Deanna Rancilio scattered six hits and held a potent Red Raider offense to just two runs in a 4-2 win over previously undefeated and 19th-ranked Texas Tech.
The loss snapped a school-record 24-game win streak by the Red Raiders, which had vaulted the team to No. 19 in the NFCA/USA Today Top 25. With the loss, Texas Tech fell to 24-1 while Alcorn State improved to 7-6.
Rancilio was spectacular in the complete game effort for Alcorn State as she held the Red Raiders to just two runs and six hits. Tech's two runs were the fewest scored all season and the six hits marked the second lowest total of the year. She finished the afternoon with no walks and one strikeout and tossed just 68 total pitches in 29 at-bats.
Texas Tech took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third thanks to an RBI double by Emily Bledsoe. Bledsoe laced a deep shot to right field and that allowed Mikey Kenney to score from second after reaching base on a one out hit-by-pitch. Rayanna Davis gave Alcorn State its first lead of the game in the top half of the fourth when he blasted a two-run home run over the fence in left-center that gave the Braves a 2-1 lead. Davis' home run scored Jasmine Hall who reached after getting hit by Tech starter Ashley Brokeshoulder.
The Red Raiders tied it up in the bottom half of the fourth on a throwing error by Alcorn State catcher Taiesha Young. Young tried to catch Stephanie Drewry stealing at third base and instead then ball went sailing into shallow left field and Drewry was able to score standing up.
That would be it for the Red Raiders as Alcorn State broke the tie with an RBI single from Barbara White in the top half of the sixth. The Lady Braves added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI double by Shawna Bruton.
Brittany Talley (8-1) was saddled with the loss for Texas Tech as she surrendered two runs on three hits over two innings of relief.