Dennis Comes Close to No-Hitter in Rout of Evansville|
March 13, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Kelsey Dennis tossed her third complete game, one-hitter of the season, leading No. 19 Texas Tech to an 8-0 victory over Evansville Sunday afternoon in the finale of the Masked Rider Invitational at Rocky Johnson Field.
After seeing teammate Kermitria Ward throw a no-hitter in the earlier game against Alcorn State, Dennis (8-0) came close to matching the feat against the Purple Aces, allowing only four runners to reach base off three walks and a hit.
Allison Aguilera delivered a two-out double in the top of the second that gave Evansville two runners in scoring position, but Dennis managed to get out of her only jam of the day with a bunt pop up to the mound from Tamara Robey.
"I was really proud of our pitching this weekend, and we ended well with Kermitria and Kelsey both having good outings today," head coach Shanon Hays said. "We swung the bats well pretty much all weekend, and hopefully we can continue that in Florida this next week."
Sandy James continued her successful week with a RBI triple to score a pinch running Meredith Heath, giving Tech its first run in the bottom of the second. James finished 1-for-2 at the plate but was held without a home run for the first time in Tech's last four games.
Ashley Hamada delivered Tech's final run in the second inning, crushing a 3-2 pitch over the fence in right for her first home run of the season.
Emily Bledsoe increased Tech's lead again to begin the third, scoring Stephanie Drewry off a double to the gap in left center. Cydney Allen drove in Bledsoe a batter later with a single to left, giving Tech a 6-0 lead at the time. Allen later scored off a Raven Richardson sacrifice fly.
Tech maintained its 7-0 lead all the way to the bottom of the fifth when Allen ended the game with an inning-opening solo home run that just missed the scoreboard in right field.
Kendall Kautz (1-3) took the loss for Evansville after giving up eight runs off eight hits and one walk during four innings of work.
Tech hits the road for the first time since early February this week for the USF - The Game Tournament in Clearwater, Fla. The Red Raiders will face Colorado State in a non-tournament game at 11 a.m. Thursday before opening tournament play against Jacksonville at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.