Kenney, James Deliver Late RBI to Lead Texas Tech Past Seton Hall
Mikey Kenney finished with a career-high five RBI against Seton Hall Friday afternoon.
March 15, 2013
SANTEE, Calif. - Mikey Kenney recorded a career-high five RBI while Sandy James powered in two runs of her own off a sixth-inning home run to lead Texas Tech to a 7-4 victory over Seton Hall Friday afternoon at the Santee Sports Complex.
The win extended Tech's season-long winning streak to nine-straight as the Red Raiders (23-8) had previously defeated Fairfield earlier in the day. It is the longest winning streak for Tech since rolling off 13-straight victories from March 12 to April 5 last year.
"Besides a couple bad innings, I thought we had really good pitching today and then picked up some timely hits," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "Mikey (Kenney) and Sandy (James) both delivered big hits against Seton Hall and then we made just enough plays to get the win. We're playing pretty well right now but we have two big tests tomorrow in Buffalo and San Diego State."
Kenney wrapped the game just 1-for-3 at the plate but with five crucial RBI, beginning with a bases-clearing triple that gave Tech a three-run lead in the second. She came back to the plate with the bases loaded in the fourth and proceeded to be plunked by a 2-2 pitch.
Kenney also broke up a 4-4 tie in the sixth with a groundball that went through the legs of shortstop Brittany Hammer. Samantha Camello, who went 3-for-3 at the plate, was running on contact and easily scored from third.
James followed two batters later with her sixth home run already this season as she drove a 1-2 pitch deep over the wall in center field. The home run was James' fourth in Tech's last eight games.
The Red Raiders had previously been tied with the Pirates (9-8) heading into the sixth after a Colltey Sheldon two-out grand slam off Tech starter Cara Custer. It was one of six hits allowed over 4.2 innings by Custer, who earned a no-decision.
Brittany Talley (8-4) picked up her second win of the day as she came on to strike out both Yasmin Harrell and Brittany Hammer to close the sixth inning. It was the only time Tech kept Hammer off the bases as she finished 3-for-4 at the plate.
Similar to Talley, Gretchen Aucoin also recorded her second save of the day after relieving Custer in the fifth and then coming back to the circle in the seventh to wrap up the win.
Danielle Destaso (7-2) took the loss for Seton Hall as she relieved Jen Metzger in the fourth and proceeded to allow three runs, only one of which was earned, off two hits and one walk.
The Red Raiders continue the San Diego State Classic Saturday evening with another doubleheader. Tech will face Buffalo in a scheduled 6:30 p.m. first pitch and then host San Diego State immediately after.