Texas Tech Rallies to Clinch Series With Texas State|
Kierra Miles drove in four runs in Texas Tech's 7-2 victory over Texas State Saturday afternoon.
March 22, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - Kierra Miles recorded four RBI in the fifth and sixth innings Saturday afternoon to help send Texas Tech to a 7-2 series clinching victory over Texas State at Rocky Johnson Field.
With the win, the Red Raiders (26-9) extended their winning streak to 12 straight heading into the series finale which was set to begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of this game.
Miles helped Tech erase Texas State's 2-0 lead in the fifth inning with a two-run triple to the right field corner. It was the first career triple for Miles, who became the eighth Red Raider to record a three-bagger this season.
Miles ended the game 2-for-4 at the plate, finishing just a RBI shy of her season high. Her triple followed a Cassie McClure RBI single that scored Tech's first run in Lea Hopson, who walked to lead off the inning.
Tech gave relief pitcher Cara Custer plenty of room to work with an inning later, plating four runs in the sixth. The Red Raiders are now 14-0 this year when scoring at least four runs in an inning.
Hopson provided Tech's first insurance run with a RBI double to left center that scored pinch hitter Camaury Washington. Sydnie Tapia added a RBI single of her own before Miles returned to the plate later in the frame to crush a two-run single through the left side.
The five-run lead was more than enough for Custer (9-4), who retired the final 11 hitters she faced en route to earning the victory in relief of Brittany Talley. Custer allowed only one runner to reach base in her 3.2 innings which came with a walk to the first hitter she faced, Jordan Masek.
Ryan House (15-9) took the loss for the Bobcats after giving up five runs off eight hits in 5.1 innings. She also struck out five and walked three before giving way to Kaylee Garner to finish the sixth inning.
Texas State (18-14) took its early lead with runs in back-to-back innings off a Courtney Harris sacrifice fly in the third and then one of five Tech errors in the fourth.
The Red Raiders came into the game 0-4 this season when trailing after four innings. It marked Tech's first late-inning rally since defeating Boise State, 3-2, in the first game of a March 23 doubleheader last year.