Red Raiders Start Off Tournament With 8-5 Win Over Fairfield
Lexie Elkins drove in two runs and totaled three walks in Texas Tech's 8-5 win over Fairfield.
March 15, 2013
SANTEE, Calif. - Texas Tech used a four-run third inning to break up a 2-2 tie and then withstood a late rally to top Fairfield, 8-5, in the San Diego State Classic opener at the Santee Sports Complex.
The victory extended Tech's season-long winning streak to eight-straight heading into the second game of a doubleheader against Seton Hall. The Red Raiders (22-8) had previously defeated Fairfield (7-6), 9-2, on Wednesday.
Katelyn Williams started Tech's big third inning with a sacrifice fly to score Sandy James. Lexie Elkins followed soon after with the first of her two RBI in the game with a single through the right side that plated pinch runner Marisa Malazzo.
It was the only registered at-bat for Elkins as she drew three of Fairfield's eight walks issued in the game, including one in the fourth with the bases loaded that brought in another run.
Samantha Camello capped the third inning with a two-run double just out of reach of the outstretched arm of Sammy Ruffalo in left field. She and Elkins boosted the back-end of Tech's lineup that recorded all seven of the Red Raiders' RBI.
Brittany Talley (7-4) picked up the win in the circle as she went 4.2 innings, giving up five runs, only one of which was earned, off five hits and two walks. She was relieved by Gretchen Aucoin, who retired the final seven batters in order to record her first-career save.
Rebecca Trott (5-1) earned her first loss of the season for Fairfield as she gave up six runs, one of which was earned, off just three hits and then five walks. Lauren Falkanger surrendered two runs off six hits and three walks over the final 4.1 innings.
The win marked Tech's closest margin of victory since defeating Northern Colorado, 8-7, on March 3. The Red Raiders have won 10 games since that point.