Red Raiders Crush Six Home Runs in 10-2 Rout of Midwestern State
Adriana Perez hit two home runs in Tuesday night's 10-2 victory over Midwestern State.
March 27, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech hit a school record six home runs, including two by Adriana Perez, in a 10-2 rout of Midwestern State Tuesday evening in the non-conference finale at Rocky Johnson Field.
The Red Raiders (27-7) opened four different innings with a homer en route to their 10th-straight victory, matching Tech's season high on the year. The victory was also Tech's 16th-straight over non-conference opponents heading into the Big 12 home opener against Iowa State this weekend.
"We saw several good pitches to hit tonight and our team took advantage of it," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "This was good game for us to have right before we get back in conference this weekend. Hopefully we can keep the bats rolling and score some runs this weekend."
Raven Richardson opened the scoring with her fifth home run of the year to start the second. Melisa Ryba immediately followed with a shot of her own over the scoreboard in right center, marking the third time this year Tech had hit back-to-back home runs.
Perez launched her first dinger to start the third in an opposite field shot over the fence in right. She'd later provide a three-run blast in the fourth, giving her four total home runs over Tech's last two games dating back to the March 18 victory over Seton Hall. Her four RBI in the game also put her at 11 during that span as well.
Taylor Powell added her third home run of the year to start the fifth and Cydney Allen closed the game with a solo shot to lead off the sixth. Tech's previous season high for home runs in a game was four against Seton Hall on March 16.
It marked Tech's fifth game to end via run-rule this year, including four times in the last five outings. The Red Raiders scored at least 10 runs for the third time in the past five games as well.
Midwestern State put its only two runs across on a two-run homer by Christina Roosmalen in the fifth. It was one of only two hits for the Mustangs with both coming off reliever Brittany Talley.
Cara Custer (15-5) picked up the win for Tech as she allowed just two base runners, both off walks, in four innings of work. The freshman has surrendered just two hits over her last 14 innings pitched as she has picked up three wins during that time.
Lindsi Glenn took the loss for Midwestern State as she gave up seven runs, three of which were earned, over the first four innings. Brenna Hennan came in to give up three runs off three hits in just over an inning of work.
Tech and Iowa State open the three-game series at 6 p.m. Friday evening at Rocky Johnson Field. The two teams will also meet at noon on both Saturday and Sunday.