Red Raiders Open Road Trip With 6-5 Victory Over DePaul|
Gretchen Aucoin picked up the win in the circle Friday afternoon against DePaul.
March 14, 2014
FULLERTON, Calif. - Texas Tech used a four-run fourth and four solid innings of relief from Gretchen Aucoin to start its California trip with a 6-5 victory over DePaul Friday afternoon at Anderson Family Field.
The Red Raiders (19-6), who were playing the first of seven games this weekend, extended their season-best winning streak to nine straight with the victory that came against a DePaul (14-6) club that was receiving votes in both major softball polls entering the weekend.
Tech trailed throughout the first three innings before breaking out with four runs in the fourth. The Red Raiders used small ball for much of the frame with bunt singles from both Sarah Weber and Sydni Emanuel early in the inning.
Sydnie Tapia followed Emanuel's single with a RBI double to the gap in right center that scored Emanuel and gave Tech a two-run lead. The Red Raiders added their final run off DePaul's second error of the inning and third of the game.
Emanuel and Tapia both finished 2-for-4 at the plate, marking the 11th multiple-hit game this year for Emanuel and the fifth for Tapia, who also extended her hitting streak to eight games.
DePaul answered with two runs in the fifth off a Megan Coronado two-run double before Aucoin responded by retiring the next six Blue Demons she faced.
Aucoin (6-2) picked up the win in relief of starter Brittany Talley as the right-hander allowed two runs off three hits while striking out four in her four full innings. Talley previously gave up three runs off seven hits before being pulled early in the fourth inning.
DePaul starter Kirsten Verdun (9-3) took the loss for the Blue Demons in a complete-game effort where she allowed five earned runs off seven hits while striking out eight. Verdun also finished 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot in the lineup.
The southpaw, who was the first left-handed starter to face Tech this season, benefited from two runs in the opening inning off RBI from Morgan Maize and Dylan Christensen. It was just the second time Tech had allowed a run in the first inning this season.
The Red Raiders were scheduled to continue the opening day of the Titan Classic against Canisius in a 8 p.m. CT first pitch.