Texas Tech Clinches Series With 6-2 Victory Over Iowa State|
Texas Tech clinched the series Saturday with a 6-2 victory over Iowa State.
March 31, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech picked up three runs in the third and sixth innings and used a solid pitching performance from Brittany Talley to take 6-2 series-clinching victory over Iowa State Saturday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field.
The victory, Tech's 12th-straight overall, was vastly different than Friday's series opener where the Red Raiders (29-7; 2-2) scored 19 runs, the most against any Big 12 opponent in school history.
Instead of using the long ball like the night before against the Cyclones (10-21; 0-5), Tech drove in runs with shots to the gaps, beginning with a two-run double from Emily Bledsoe in the third.
Bledsoe came around later in the inning off an Adriana Perez bloop single to left field. Despite snapping a three-game streak of hitting a home run, Perez was once again solid at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI as she also drove in Mikey Kenney off a sixth-inning single.
The performance marked Perez' fourth-straight multiple-hit game as she is 11-for-13 during that stretch with five home runs and 17 RBI.
Tech's other RBI in the game came from an Ashley Hamada single in the sixth that just got past shortstop Lexi Slater. Hamada finished 2-for-3 at the plate, joining Kenney (2-for-3) and Raven Richardson (2-for-4) with multiple-hit games.
In the circle, Talley (9-2) was strong through five innings, giving Tech the quality start it needed in the middle game of the series. Her only flaw was a two-run home run in the fifth by Erica Miller that caused Shanon Hays to turn to Cara Custer out of the bullpen.
Custer retired six of the seven batters she faced over the final two innings, earning her third save of the year.
Talley finished with only five hits surrendered while striking out three and walking one. She picked up her first victory in Big 12 play this year in only her first start thus far.
Tori Torrescano (6-14) took the loss for the second-straight day as the right-hander surrendered six runs, four of which were earned, off seven hits in 5.1 innings of work. Madison Jones worked around a hit to record the final two outs in the sixth inning.
The two teams wrap the series with a noon first pitch Sunday afternoon. Tech will be looking for its 30th win of the year which would mark the first time since 1997-99 that the Red Raiders won 30-plus games in three-straight seasons.