Red Raiders Close Day By Downing Fairfield, 9-2
Mikey Kenney went 4-for-5 to help lead Texas Tech to a 9-2 victory over Fairfield Wednesday.
March 13, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Texas Tech completed a perfect first day in San Diego with a 9-2 victory over Fairfield Wednesday afternoon at the SDSU Softball Stadium.
The victory completed a doubleheader sweep for the Red Raiders (21-8), who had already topped Bryant, 7-1, earlier in the day. It also extended Tech's winning streak to seven-straight, its longest run this season.
"I thought we played well in both games today and took care of business the way I hoped we would," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "We had good pitching for the most part and then got some timely hits when we needed them. All in all it was a good day."
Unlike its previous game against Bryant, the Red Raiders spent the first couple innings trailing Fairfield as the Stags plated a pair of runs off a Tech throwing error and then a Kristen Filicia RBI single.
Sydnie Tapia tied the game in the third, though, with her second home run of the season as she sent a two-run shot to center that bounced in-and-out of Mikayla Shumate's glove and over the wall.
Tech took the lead later in the inning off a Lexie Elkins RBI single with the bases loaded that brought around Mikey Kenney from third. Elkins was one of three Red Raiders with at least two hits as she went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Kenney set a new career high for hits with a 4-for-5 day at the plate that included a bases clearing three-run double off the left-field wall in the fifth. She also doubled and scored off Johnson's RBI single in the fourth and singled in both the third and seventh innings.
After allowing Fairfield to load the bases in both of the first two innings, Cara Custer (10-2) settled down to retire nine of the next 10 hitters she faced before giving way to reliever Gretchen Aucoin to start the sixth.
Custer surrendered just three hits over five innings but walked four to give Fairfield base runners early. Aucoin allowed just one base runner over the final two frames off a two-out single in the sixth.
Rae Ball (1-2) took the loss for the Stags as she gave up four runs, two of which were earned, off seven hits while striking out two. Rebecca Trott and Lauren Falkanger also came on in relief before Ball returned with no outs in the seventh.
The Red Raiders continue their stay in Southern California this weekend with the start of the San Diego State Classic on Friday. Tech will face Fairfield again in an 11 a.m. CT first pitch followed by Seton Hall at 1:30 p.m.