Red Raiders Keep Rolling With 13-6 Rout of Fullerton|
Lea Hopson drove in a season-high five runs in Texas Tech's 13-6 victory over Cal State Fullerton Saturday.
March 15, 2014
FULLERTON, Calif. - Texas Tech extended its winning streak to 12-straight games Saturday afternoon as the Red Raiders used a four-run first and five-run fourth inning to rout Cal State Fullerton, 13-6, at Anderson Family Field.
The victory closed an undefeated showing for the Red Raiders (22-6) at the Titans Classic as Tech previously defeated UNLV, 7-2, earlier in the day. Fullerton (17-11) was previously undefeated in the tournament with wins over both UNLV and Canisius.
"It was a really good day for us," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "We hit the ball well in both games and made just enough plays to beat a couple of really good teams. Fullerton has several big wins already this year so beating them the way we did was impressive."
The Red Raiders scored six of their runs in the opening two innings with four coming in the opening frame off a Cassie McClure RBI single and a three-run homer from Lea Hopson, her team-leading fifth of the season.
Hopson finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a season-high five RBI as she also connected on a two-run double to pad Tech's lead in the seventh inning. It marked the third five RBI game for a Red Raider this season.
Hopson was one of four Red Raiders to record at least two RBI in the win, joining Gretchen Aucoin, Kristi Belshe and Brittany Lee. Each of Tech's nine starters had at least one hit as the Red Raiders totaled 15 off the Fullerton pitching staff.
Lee powered Tech's other home run with a two-run shot that was part of a five-run fourth inning for the Red Raiders. She scored Gretchen Aucoin with the bomb to left field that marked her second home run of the season.
Aucoin previously drilled a bases-loaded triple, the first of her career, to the gap in right center to start Tech's two-out rally that put the Red Raiders in position to end the game early via run-rule.
Fullerton responded with three runs in the bottom half of the fourth, though, off a two-run single from Paige Kisling and a RBI double from Leesa Harris, who finished 3-for-3 overall at the plate.
The three-run fourth ended Tech starter Brittany Talley's (8-0) day as the senior earned the win after allowing four runs off five hits in four full innings. Cara Custer came on to pitch the final three innings for her second save of the day and second of the season.
Custer also tossed the final two innings of Tech's victory earlier in the day against UNLV. She tied the Tech record with her sixth career save, matching the total from Amanda Renfro (1998-01), Erin Crawford (2003-06) and Julie Hauck (2004-06)
Christin Washington (4-4) took the loss for Fullerton after allowing eight runs off 11 hits in a combined 4.1 innings. She was relieved for 2.2 innings by Jasmine Autunez before reentering to start the seventh inning.
Sydni Emanuel and Kierra Miles both finished 3-for-5 at the plate for a Tech offense that posted its most hits (15) since totaling 19 on Feb. 14 this year against Northern Colorado. It marked Emanuel's team-leading 13th multiple-hit game this season and the eighth so far for Miles.
The Red Raiders head south Sunday to take part in the final two days of the San Diego State Classic. Tech will open the tournament with another doubleheader, facing Long Beach State at 2:30 p.m. CT Sunday before battling the host Aztecs 30 minutes following.