James' Record Day Leads No. 24 Texas Tech to Sweep of Iowa State
April 10, 2011
AMES, Iowa - Sandy James tied the Texas Tech school record with eight RBIs as the 24th-ranked Red Raiders completed the series sweep of Iowa State Sunday with a 16-5 victory at the Southwest Athletic Complex.
James, who was 4-for-4 at the plate with a walk, crushed a two-out grand slam in the second inning to break a 2-2 tie and followed later with a two-run double in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh. Her record day ties the single-game record held by teammate Emily Bledsoe and Amanda Douglass.
Her performance helped Tech break the school record for most runs in a Big 12 game for the second-straight day. The Red Raiders plated 15 runs on Saturday to break the previous record. Tech's 31 runs over the weekend also broke the school record for a league series.
The series sweep should give Tech some momentum heading into its midweek doubleheader against Kansas of Wednesday. The Red Raiders improve to 38-6 overall and 3-5 in Big 12 play, while Iowa State drops to .500 on the year at 17-17 and 1-5 in league play.
"I was really impressed with how our team battled back and got a couple key wins on the road this weekend," head coach Shanon Hays said. "Sandy James had an outstanding weekend at the plate and we received key hits from almost everyone it seemed. That's the way I think we can hit the ball every game."
Logan Hall also added three RBIs for Tech as she finished 3-for-5 at the plate. Emily Bledsoe added Tech's only other RBI off a 2-for-5 performance, while Kenney scored five runs after a 2-for-3 day at the plate.
The Cyclones, meanwhile, used a two-run home run from Erica Miller in the first inning to stay in the game early, but Iowa State would not score off Tech starter Brittany Talley (12-3) again until the fifth.
Dalyn Varela hit a two-run homer that barely escaped the centerfield fence to pull the Cyclones to a 9-4 deficit in the fifth. Tech responded, however, with three runs in the sixth and another four runs in the seventh to keep the Cyclones out of contention.
Talley earned the win after pitching 6.1 innings where she allowed three runs off six hits while striking out three batters. Kermitria Ward pitched two-thirds of an inning of relief before Talley re-entered the game.
Rachel Zabriskie (11-11) took the loss for the second-straight day after giving up nine runs, only seven of which were earned, in 3.1 innings of work.
Tech will look to continue its winning streak Wednesday afternoon against Kansas. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Rocky Johnson Field.