Baylor Completes Doubleheader Sweep With 10-3 Win
April 7, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 17 Baylor exploded for seven runs over the fifth and sixth innings en route to a 10-3 victory over No. 24 Texas Tech Wednesday in the finale of a midweek doubleheader at Rocky Johnson Field.
The Bears, who won the series opening game, 5-1, recorded 17 hits against the Tech pitching staff as Holly Holl crushed a one-out, three-run homer in the fifth to break open a 3-3 tie.
Baylor (30-6; 4-2) added three more runs an inning later off a leadoff home run from Dani Leal and a pinch hit two-run shot from Clare Hosack.
The final three innings dimmed what seemed to be a good start for the Red Raiders. Cydney Allen got the Tech (36-6; 1-5) bats rolling early with a RBI single in the first to score Emily Bledsoe, who would later homer in the third to pull Tech to a 3-2 deficit.
Ashley Hamada provided Tech's other run off a RBI single in the fourth that tied the game once again. The Red Raiders had 11 hits in the game, their most in Big 12 play, but left 10 runners stranded on the base paths.
Following their four runs in the fifth, the Bears turned to their bullpen for the second time on the night, bringing back game one starter, Whitney Canion, to pitch the final three innings. After limiting Tech to only two hits earlier in the night, Canion gave up four hits and two walks in three shutout innings for her second save of the season.
Courtney Repke (8-1) earned the win in relief of starter Liz Paul. Repke went 1.2 innings, while allowing two hits and one run. Baylor struck out a combined eight Tech batters in the game.
Karli Merlich took the loss for the Red Raiders after giving up four runs in two-thirds of an inning. She replaced starter Kelsey Dennis after she surrendered three runs off eight hits through almost four innings.
The Red Raiders look to rebound from a three-game losing streak this weekend when Tech travels for its first true road contest of the season at Iowa State. The two-game series begins at 2 p.m. Friday in Ames, Iowa.