March 13, 2011
Tech took the Masked Rider Invitational title after finishing 5-1 this weekend. Evansville wrapped the weekend 2-3 overall, while Alcorn State finished 1-4 after today's 18-0 loss to Tech in the earlier game.
Kelsey Dennis tossed her fourth shutout of the season as the junior has not allowed a run in six of her last seven outings. Her last complete game, one-hit performance came against Howard on March 4.
Emily Bledsoe moved her hitting streak to a career-high 12 games after going 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI. She finished the weekend 9-for-18 at the plate with seven runs scored and six RBIs.
The home run by Ashley Hamada in the second inning was just the second of her career and first since facing Oklahoma State as a freshman on May 2, 2009.
Sandy James finished the weekend 1-for-2 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI, extending her hitting streak to a season-high eight games. In Tech's eight games this week, James hit .667 at the plate (12-for-18) with six home runs, 20 RBIs, and 11 runs scored. She was also walked four times.
The Red Raiders wrapped their 25-game homestand with a 24-1 record during that span, improving to 29-1 overall. Tech has six non-conference games remaining before Big 12 play begins March 26 against Missouri at Rocky Johnson Field.
Cydney Allen smashed her 10th home run of the season to end the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. The home runs puts Allen in a tie with James for the team lead.
Logan Hall is now tied for fourth on the school's career RBI list as the junior has 44 on the season following her 1-for-2 day at the plate that included an RBI in the third inning. Hall is tied with Montana Patin (2006-08) with 85 total RBIs.
At around the midway point in the season, the Red Raiders are close to passing several team batting records. Tech needs only 10 more RBIs to tie the single-season record of 258 set in 1997, while 23 more runs would match the school's record of 302 set only last season. The Red Raiders, who are hitting .410 as a team, also need only one more home run to tie last year's school record of 39.
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