Missouri Completes Series Sweep of Texas Tech|
March 27, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - A day after allowing only three hits, Missouri's Chelsea Thomas surrendered only one hit to No. 19 Texas Tech over five-plus innings, leading the 13th-ranked Tigers to a 10-1 victory Sunday in front of a school-record 1,248 fans at Rocky Johnson Field.
The win completed a series sweep for the Tigers (26-3; 4-0), who topped the Red Raiders (35-3; 0-2), 4-1, on Saturday afternoon.
"What we learned is what I think we already knew," head coach Shanon Hays said. "The Big 12 is really good, and we faced what could be the best pitcher in the nation right now. I still love our ballclub, and I'm hopeful we'll rebound next weekend."
Unlike the day before, Tech seemed to settle in a grove early as starter Brittany Talley retired both of the first two hitters. Ashley Fleming changed the flow quickly, though, as she delivered the first of her three hits in the game with a double over the head of centerfielder Mikey Kenney.
Catherine Lee drove in Fleming a few pitches later off a single up the middle. Lee finished with four RBIs in the game as she also had a two-run homer in the third inning.
The Red Raiders, meanwhile, let an opportunity slip away in the second inning. Logan Hall and Sandy James both reached base on Missouri fielding errors with one out and eventually moved into scoring position on a passed ball. Raven Richardson followed with a strikeout and a hard groundball to short from Holley Gentsch was fielded cleanly to end the threat.
Thomas (12-2) kept the Red Raiders without a hit all the way till the sixth inning when Kenney delivered a one-out single to center. The Tigers went to the bullpen immediately after, pulling Thomas, who had 10 strikeouts in the game, in favor of Kristin Nottelmann.
Emily Bledsoe scored Kenney two batters later, drilling a ground ball that bounced just past Lee at first and into right field. The run prevented Tech from being shutout for the first time this season.
Princess Krebs added four RBIs for the Tigers. She delivered a pinch-hit solo home run in the fourth and followed an inning later with a three-run shot that blew the game open for Missouri.
Talley (11-2) was charged with the loss as the freshman was pulled after 2.1 innings in favor of Saturday starter, Kelsey Dennis. Tech used four of its five pitchers in the game as Ashley Brokeshoulder and Karli Merlich each worked one inning of relief.
The Red Raiders will look to rebound next weekend as Tech continues Big 12 play against 7th-ranked Oklahoma. The two-game series begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening at Rocky Johnson Field.