Talley Keeps No. 21 Texas Tech Perfect in Florida
March 19, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brittany Talley threw her first seven-inning complete game shutout to lead No. 21 Texas Tech past Boston University, 4-0, Saturday afternoon in the second game of a doubleheader at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.
The win improves Tech to 34-1 on the year and 4-0 in the USF The Game Tournament. Boston drops to 10-7 on the year. The Red Raiders defeated Chattanooga, 3-1, earlier in the day.
"We got two more solid outings from Kelsey Dennis and Brittany Talley today and I thought that really set the tone for us," head coach Shanon Hays said. "Chattanooga and Boston both have good ball clubs, and I was glad to see our group compete the way they did."
Following back-to-back bunt singles from Logan Hall and Raven Richardson to load the bases, Randi Tongate delivered Tech's first run in the second, nailing a single to right field to score a pinch running Jordan Palmer.
Ashley Hamada added another run for the Red Raiders a few pitches later, grounding out to second to score Hall from third. Tech was unable to add to its lead, though, leaving two runners on base as Boston starter Holli Floetker struck out Mikey Kenney and McKenzie Clemmons to get out of the jam.
Kenney got the better end of Floetker two innings later, though, driving a one-out double to the gap in left, scoring Tongate and Hall to give Talley some breathing room.
The freshman ended up not needing the insurance runs as she stifled the Boston lineup with an occasional changeup en route to five strikeouts and five hits allowed in the outing. Talley (11-1) had not previously thrown a seven-inning shutout this season.
The Terriers were able to get two runners on in the sixth, but Talley responded with consecutive strikeouts before ending the game with a three-up, three-down seventh inning.
Floetker (5-2) was pulled after Kenney's double. She allowed four runs off eight hits in 3.1 innings. Erin Shuppert shut out the Red Raiders over the final 3.2 innings in relief.
The Red Raiders conclude the USF The Game Tournament on Sunday morning, facing Liberty at 8:30 a.m. (CT).