Texas Tech Closes Trip With 6-0 Shutout of Marist
Brittany Talley struck out a season-high seven in Texas Tech's 6-0 victory Sunday over Marist.
March 17, 2013
SANTEE, Calif. - Brittany Talley tossed a five-hit shutout to help Texas Tech close its week-long trip to Southern California with a 6-0 victory over Marist Sunday morning at the Santee Sports Complex.
The win improved the Red Raiders to 4-1 in the San Diego State Classic as Tech (25-9) has won 13 of its last 15 games entering the final stretch of non-conference play next weekend.
"We once again had some timely hitting and then solid defense behind a solid outing from Brittany Talley," Tech head coach Shanon Hays. "This was a big win for us heading into an important weekend next week in Las Vegas. We need to continue to get better because we play several good teams in the next few weeks."
Talley (9-4) struck out a season-high seven hitters in her first shutout of the year. The southpaw worked out of jams in both the third and fifth innings where Marist (6-7) put two runners on base before closing the game retiring six of the final seven hitters.
It was Tech's second shutout in its last three games as Gretchen Aucoin tossed a four-hit gem against Buffalo Saturday afternoon. Talley finished 4-0 during the San Diego trip with an 0.72 earned-run average where she allowed just two earned runs over 19.1 innings.
Katelyn Williams broke up a scoreless game in the third with an inside-the-park home run, her seventh dinger of the season. Christina Lausch dove for the line-drive that landed just inside the left-field line and skipped to the fence, allowing Shelby Johnson and Williams to come all the way around.
The Red Raiders broke the game open in the fourth with a four-run inning that was boosted by a bases-loaded single from Samantha Camello that scored three runs. The freshman drove a liner to center that was misplayed, clearing the bases and sending Camello to third.
Mikey Kenney drove in Camello moments later with a sacrifice fly to right-center. Tech previously started the rally with two of Marist's eight walks in the game along with another fielding error.
Paige Lewis (2-2) was pulled with two outs in the fourth after giving up all six runs off just three hits. She walked six, though, including two of Shelby Johnson's three in the game. Emily Osterhaus came on in relief to shutout the Red Raiders over the final 2.1 innings.
The Red Raiders close their non-conference slate next weekend with the Rebel Classic hosted by UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev. Tech will face No. 20 Tulsa and UNLV on Friday and then Boise State in a Saturday doubleheader.