Texas Tech Continues Winning Streak With Sweep of Manhattan|
Taylor Powell connected on a two-run homer in Tech's 7-2 victory over Manhattan Saturday afternoon.
March 17, 2012
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Texas Tech won its eighth-straight game Saturday as the Red Raiders completed a sweep of Manhattan with a 7-2 victory at Ivy Hill Park.
The Red Raiders (25-7), who defeated the Jaspers, 13-2, earlier in the day, will await the winner of this afternoon's Seton Hall and Manhattan game to determine who Tech will face in Sunday's tournament championship game.
After having little difficulty getting by Manhattan (1-13) during the morning game, Tech once again took an early lead thanks to a two-run first that included a RBI single from Raven Richardson.
The Red Raiders put a run across in each of the next three innings before Manhattan starter Kelsi Redding was able to work around a leadoff double in the fifth to get out of the frame.
Taylor Powell got Tech back on the board an inning later as she lifted her second home run of the season deep over the fence in left. The two-run shot, Powell's fourth homer of her career, marked her first dinger since facing North Texas on Feb. 24.
Besides Powell's home run, Tech primarily used small ball and its speed to frustrate the Jaspers as the Red Raiders finished with seven stolen bases, one shy of the school's single-game record.
Mikey Kenney, meanwhile, finished with four stolen bases, tying the individual record that had occurred only twice before in school history. Ashley Parker was the most-recent Tech player to swipe four bags in a game as she did so against Northern Colorado on March 12, 2006.
Kenney finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk, combining with Melisa Ryba for four of Tech's seven total hits. Ryba came off the bench for the second-straight day to go 2-for-2 with a RBI and run scored.
Both of Manhattan's runs came unearned to the Tech pitching staff as the Jaspers took advantage of a season-high four errors by the Red Raiders. Tech came into the game error-free in five of its last six contests.
Redding (0-6) took the loss as she gave up seven runs (four earned) off eight hits. She also walked eight Red Raider batters, the most for a Tech opponent this season.
The Red Raiders will be going for their 15th-straight victory over a non-conference opponent during Sunday morning's championship game. Due to Tech's travel commitments, the game is scheduled for a 9 a.m. (CT) first pitch.