Kenney's Grand Slam Carries Tech to Sweep of No. 23 New Mexico
Mikey Kenney's fourth-inning grand slam sparked Texas Tech to a 8-5 victory Monday afternoon.
March 12, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Mikey Kenney connected on her record-tying 27th career home run with a fourth-inning grand slam that helped lead Texas Tech to a series sweep of No. 23 New Mexico Monday afternoon in the final game of a doubleheader at Rocky Johnson Field.
The grand slam, Kenney's eighth homer on the year, highlighted a seven-run fourth inning for the Red Raiders (19-7), who earned their first two-game sweep of a ranked opponent since dropping No. 7 Oklahoma State in a April 22, 2010 doubleheader in Lubbock.
Tech came into the fourth trailing 3-0 but quickly changed that with three quick runs and then Kenney's dinger to left field. The long ball tied Kenney with Kim Martinez (1997, 1999) for the most career home runs in school history.
"Mikey Kenney had a great at-bat and got a pitch she could hit and it was a real boost for us over a talented New Mexico squad," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "She's been hitting the ball really well as of late and I was glad to see her add another homer. These types of wins really boost your RPI at the end of the year and hopefully they will lead us into another good road trip."
The seven-run inning marked Tech's second of the day as the Red Raiders also scored seven in the third inning of their 9-4 victory earlier in the day.
New Mexico starter Kaela DeBroeck (10-2) walked three and plunked Emily Bledsoe in the fourth alone to erase a previously solid outing where she allowed only one hit over the first three innings.
Instead, the right-hander took the loss after giving up all eight runs, seven of which were earned, off six hits and six walks.
The Lobos (17-5) got on the board first with a RBI single in the first by Jessica Garcia, the first of three RBI in the game for the catcher as she also powered a two-run home run in the third.
Danielle Castro and Jordyn Bledsoe both added RBI singles for New Mexico in the sixth to make it a two-run game.
Bledsoe added an insurance run in the bottom of the inning off a sacrifice fly to left to give relief pitcher Cara Custer plenty of room to earn her first career save.
Brittany Talley (6-2) picked up the win after giving up three runs off four hits in 4.0 innings of work. Custer pitched the final three innings, giving up two runs off four hits while striking out four.
The Red Raiders will take a day off before heading to the northeast to face Stony Brook in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. (CT) Wednesday. Tech will play a total of seven games over the next six days in the New York area, including five in this weekend's Seton Hall Classic.