Aucoin's Grand Slam Sends Texas Tech to Series Sweep|
March 22, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - Gretchen Aucoin capped a hectic week for Texas Tech with a fifth-inning grand slam Saturday evening that pushed the Red Raiders to a series sweep of Texas State with a 5-3 victory at Rocky Johnson Field.
The Red Raiders (27-9), who were playing their 12th game in the past eight days, rallied for the third time in the series en route to extending their home winning streak to 13 straight entering next weekend's Big 12 opener with No. 12 Baylor.
"This team never gave up this weekend," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "Texas State has a really good ball club, so for us to come back on them the way we did, that says something about this team. This was a good weekend for us heading into conference and hopefully a few days off will get us ready to go against Baylor."
Texas State (18-15) scored three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 3-1 lead into the bottom half where Aucoin delivered her first career grand slam and her second home run of the season.
The first-pitch dinger easily cleared the center field wall, giving Tech a two-run lead it would not relinquish. Aucoin moved to the circle to start the sixth inning, recording her school record fifth save of the season after retiring six of the seven hitters she faced.
The come-from-behind victory marked the third time in the series where the Red Raiders battled back from an early deficit as Texas State led 1-0 after five innings Friday night and then 2-0 in the fifth earlier in the day.
The Bobcats took a two-run lead off a RBI triple from Lexi Fryer and then a two-run double from Timishia North. Both hits came with two outs in the inning off Tech starter Cara Custer (10-4), who earned her second win of the day after giving up three runs off four hits in five innings of work.
Rayn House (15-10) suffered the loss in the circle for the third time this weekend after relieving starter Ashley Wright following a Kristi Belshe single that put two on with two outs in the fifth. She walked Cassie McClure before giving up the grand slam to Aucoin.
The Red Raiders finished with 10 hits as Sydnie Tapia went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored while Kierra Miles continued her hot hitting from earlier in the day with a 3-for-3 performance. Miles combined to go 5-for-7 with four RBI in the final two games of the series.
Texas State finished with just four hits after being limited to just two in the first game of the doubleheader. The two teams moved the series finale up a day due to cold conditions expected to hit the Lubbock area Sunday morning.
Tech will open Big 12 play next Friday evening with a 7 p.m. first pitch against No. 12 Baylor at Rocky Johnson Field. It is the sixth time in the last seven years where the Red Raiders have opened league play at home.