Red Raiders Ride Quick Start to Sweep Stony Brook
Mikey Kenney set the Tech career home run record in the Red Raiders' 6-3 victory Wednesday.
March 14, 2012
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Texas Tech won its 10th-straight non-conference game Wednesday as the Red Raiders completed a doubleheader sweep of Stony Brook with a 6-3 victory at University Field.
The win wrapped the first leg of seven total games for the Red Raiders (21-7) in the New York area this week as Tech will take part in the Seton Hall Classic beginning Friday.
"We got our bats really going today and had solid pitching through both games," said Tech head coach Shanon Hays, who picked up his 100th victory at Tech in the earlier game. "Stony Brook has a good ball club so it was nice to see us take care of business. We played in stretches the way we're capable of."
After a slow start offensively in the opening game, the Red Raiders put Stony Brook (10-6) in an early hole with a three-run first inning followed by two more in the second.
Randi Tongate highlighted the first inning with a two-out single up the middle to drive in Logan Hall and pinch runner Meredith Heath. Raven Richardson brought in Tech's other run a few pitches before on a bases loaded walk.
Mikey Kenney continued the scoring an inning later with a solo home run to left field, the junior's team-leading ninth of the season and the 28th of her career, snapping the school record previously held by Kim Martinez (1997, 1999).
The home run was Kenney's third in her last five games. She tied the career school record Monday with a grand slam in Tech's 8-5 victory over No. 23 New Mexico.
Following a Sandy James sacrifice fly later in the inning, the Red Raiders were kept off the board by reliever Taylor Chain until Richardson smacked a double off the fence in right to score Hall all the way from first.
Richardson finished 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of walks, joining Kenney (2-for-4) and Emily Bledsoe (2-for-4) with multiple-hit games.
Stony Brook cut into Tech's lead in the bottom half of the second inning with a Nicole Schieferstein RBI single. The Seawolves brought in another run on the play after Tongate's throw to second sailed high, allowing Jessica Combs to score as well.
Cara Custer (12-5) kept the Seawolves off the board from there as she gave up the lone earned run over 5.2 innings. She picked up the win after allowing three hits and striking out four.
Kelsey Dennis provided 1.1 innings in relief, giving up a run in the sixth before Custer returned to the circle to close the game.
Christine Lucido (4-1) took the loss for Stony Brook after giving up four runs, only one of which was earned, over the first 1.1 innings.
The Red Raiders continue their tour of the New York area Friday with the start of the Seton Hall Classic. Tech will face Monmouth at 8 a.m. (CT) to open the tournament before closing the first day immediately after against the host Pirates at 10:30 a.m.