Texas Tech Trounces Canisius, 10-5, in Nightcap|
Sydnie Tapia extended her hitting streak to nine straight Friday evening against Canisius.
March 15, 2014
FULLERTON, Calif. - Texas Tech connected on three home runs Friday evening en route to closing the opening day of the Titans Classic with a 10-5 victory over Canisius at Anderson Family Field.
The victory completed a doubleheader sweep for the Red Raiders (20-6), who defeated DePaul, 6-5, earlier in the day. Tech has now won 10-straight games dating back to Feb. 28.
"We really battled today and that was what I was probably proudest of," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "We didn't play our best but we beat a really good DePaul club and then finished it off against Canisius. We'll need to play well the rest of this trip because we will face several other good teams this weekend."
Cassie McClure hit the first of three home runs for the Red Raiders in the third, blasting a solo shot that was followed later in the frame by a three-run blast by Gretchen Aucoin. It was the fourth home run already this season for McClure and the first for Aucoin.
The two home runs broke the game open for the Red Raiders, who went into the inning leading 4-1 after a RBI single and double from Sydnie Tapia in the first two innings along with a RBI triple from Sydni Emanuel and RBI double from Susan Welborn.
Tapia finished 2-for-3 for her sixth multiple-hit game this season and her fourth in the last five games. The performance extended her career-high hitting streak to nine-straight games.
Taylor Powell added Tech's final home run with a solo shot to lead off the sixth inning. It was Powell's first home run of the season as she became the 11th Red Raider to homer this year.
Tech's 10 runs marked the fifth time the Red Raiders had reached double digits this year. Tech is now 5-0 in those games and a perfect 48-0 when scoring 10 or more all-time under Hays.
The offensive performance allowed Cara Custer (7-3) to pick up the win in the circle as the junior allowed an unearned run off just two hits and five strikeouts in her 4.1 innings. McClure came on in relief to toss the final 2.2 innings.
Canisius scored four of its runs in the later innings, taking advantage of a Tech miscue in the fifth before picking up a two-run single from Robin Kennery in the sixth.
Sarah Andrews (1-5) took the loss for the Griffs as she gave up eight runs off eight hits in 2.2 innings. Jenn Solis came on in relief to toss the final 3.1 innings where she allowed two runs off three hits.
Samantha Camello, playing near her hometown of Temecula, Calif., also went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Red Raiders for her fourth multiple-hit game this season.
The Red Raiders continue the Titans Classic Saturday afternoon with a 2 p.m. CT doubleheader against both UNLV and host Cal State Fullerton.