Texas Tech Closes Homestand With 15-0 Stomping of Troy|
March 11, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech closed the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic with a 15-0 rout of Troy Monday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field, the Red Raiders' sixth run-rule victory during the tournament.
The Red Raiders (19-8) tossed their second shutout over the past week as Tech wrapped the tournament with a 6-1 record after scoring in double digits in four of its last five games.
"The thing I was happy about was our pitching and our defense," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "That's one area where I can see a lot of improvement. It's funny when you have young kids, they get to play and you kind of get a feel with them. You find out where to put them and they start to get better. I think we did that this weekend."
Tech scored a total of 75 runs in seven games, 26 of which came in two victories over Troy (11-15). The Red Raiders previously defeated the Trojans, 11-3, Sunday afternoon.
For the second-straight day, Mikey Kenney put the Red Raiders on the board early in the first with a leadoff home run as she parked a 1-1 pitch over the fence in left. It was Kenney's ninth home run this season and fourth to lead off a game.
Adriana Perez added to Tech's lead moments later with a two-run double to left center that drove in Shelby Johnson and Sandy James. Perez finished 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI as she also connected on a RBI single in Tech's seven-run third inning.
Johnson wrapped an impressive weekend with a 3-for-3 day at the plate that included three runs scored and three RBI. The junior, who also stole a pair of bases, drove a one-run double to the gap in left to score a run in the second and then lined a dribbler up the middle to plate two more runs in the third.
Elkins and Williams also added a two-run single and double in the third as well as the Red Raiders doubled their run total from the first two innings. Williams finished 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI, her fifth multiple-hit game during the tournament.
Jaycee Affeldt (4-2) took the loss for Troy after giving up seven runs, all earned, off eight hits and one walk. She also struck out one before being relieved by Sarah Thomas with two outs in the second inning.
The Red Raiders continue non-conference action this next week with seven games in San Diego, Calif., beginning Wednesday with a doubleheader against Bryant and Fairfield. Tech will open the San Diego State Classic on Friday morning.