Ward's No-Hitter Leads No. 19 Texas Tech Past Alcorn State|
March 13, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech exploded for seven runs in the first inning while Kermitria Ward held Alcorn State hitless over five innings as part of an 18-0 win for the 19th-ranked Red Raiders Sunday at Rocky Johnson Field.
The no-hitter, Texas Tech's second this season, was the seventh in program history and the first for Ward (3-0), who was also making her first collegiate start. Only two Braves hitters reached base off walks as Ward also finished with five strikeouts in the game.
"I was really proud of the way Kermitria threw the ball today," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "She worked around the strike zone well, and our defense really played well behind her. Offensively, I think we got into a groove early and really hit the ball well."
The Red Raiders wasted little time putting Alcorn State (7-9) in an early deficit with a seven-run first inning that sent Tech through its entire lineup once. Emily Bledsoe began Tech's scoring with a two-run single to center that brought in leadoff hitter Mikey Kenney along with McKenzie Clemmons.
Logan Hall, Raven Richardson, and Randi Tongate all added RBI hits in the inning before Kenney returned to the plate to deliver Tech's final run off a triple just inside the foul line in right field that scored Tongate.
Sandy James crushed her team-leading 10th home run in the bottom of the second, taking a 1-1 pitch over the fence in left to give Tech a 10-0 lead. The dinger sent James' home run streak to four-consecutive games as the sophomore has totaled six homers this week alone.
Following a series of changes to the lineup, Tech continued its offensive output in the third, plating six more runners. All but one Tech starter (Ashley Hamada) had an RBI in the game, while Taylor Powell came in off the bench to drive in two runs off a 2-for-2 day at the plate.
Melissa Rubio (0-1) drew the loss for Alcorn State after allowing 16 runs over 2.1 innings off 13 hits and four walks. Deanna Rancil gave up two runs in 1.2 innings of relief.