Red Raiders Hold Off Long Island in 8-4 Victory
March 18, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - No. 21 Texas Tech used a six-run first inning to defeat Long Island, 8-4, Friday night in the finale of the first day of the USF The Game Tournament at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.
Tech, which was coming off a 5-1 victory over Jacksonville earlier in the evening, improves to 32-1 on the year, while Long Island drops to 7-21 overall.
"I was really proud of the way our group came out and played today," head coach Shanon Hays said. "Kelsey Dennis threw a great first game, and Brittany Talley came out and pitched well against Long Island. When you get that kind of pitching to go along with the type of defense we are playing right now, you are going to win a lot of games."
The Red Raiders jumped on Long Island Sarah Reynolds from the opening pitch. Leadoff hitter Mikey Kenney drew a walk to begin the game while McKenzie Clemmons immediately followed with an infield single.
Emily Bledsoe drove in the first of six Tech runs immediately following, knocking a single to center that scored Kenney from second. Long Island came close to getting out of the inning with back-to-back outs with Cydney Allen and Sandy James at the plate, but Logan Hall had other plans.
The junior infielder began a five-run two-out rally with the first of four-straight singles for Tech. Hall drove in Clemmons and moved to second on the throw to the plate from centerfielder Madison Zymkowitz.
Raven Richardson scored Bledsoe and Hall from there, lining a single up the middle that allowed Hall to cross the plate just ahead of the throw. Randi Tongate added an RBI of her own a few pitches later and eventually scored after Ashley Hamada's delayed steal attempt allowed Tongate to reach home before the tag for the final out was made.
Hall increased Tech's lead to 7-0 in the top of the third with a leadoff solo home run to left. The homer was Hall's sixth of the season. The Red Raiders did not score again until a bases-loaded walk to Allen in the sixth.
Meanwhile, in the circle, Brittany Talley (10-1) kept Long Island unbalanced at the plate, giving up only one run off four hits in 5.2 innings of work. She was chased in the sixth after Megan Sheaf hit an RBI single to right, putting two runners on for the Blackbirds.
Relief pitcher Ashley Brokeshoulder came in to strike out Sterling Hoham for the final out in the inning. Brokeshoulder gave up three runs in the bottom of the seventh before finally securing the final out.
The Red Raiders continue play in the USF The Game Tournament on Saturday afternoon, facing Chattanooga at 11:30 a.m. (CT) before closing the day against Boston University at 2 p.m. (CT).