No. 25 Texas Tech Rebounds to Rout Kansas in Finale
April 13, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - After giving up a late lead earlier in the day, No. 25 Texas Tech raced out to another early advantage and Brittany Talley stifled the Kansas offense en route to a 10-0 victory Wednesday that split the doubleheader at Rocky Johnson Field.
The series split helped salvage an important series for the Red Raiders, who improved to 39-7 overall and 4-6 in Big 12 play with the win. Kansas, meanwhile, dropped 28-15 on the year and 1-11 in conference.
"We challenged Brittany (Talley) in between games to be a freshman who can lead us out there, and she really responded," head coach Shanon Hays said. "We need her to have that type of approach, and I liked the way she handled situations and got ahead of hitters. Our offense gave her some help, and this time they didn't let off the peddle which is what you have to do to win in this conference."
Talley (13-3) quieted the Kansas offense early as the freshman did not allow a hit until Brittany Hile singled with one out in the fourth. The Jayhawks added another hit in the inning, but Talley escaped a bases-loaded jam to keep a 9-0 Tech lead intact.
The Little Elm, Texas native worked a perfect fifth inning for her fourth shutout of the season, while earned her second-straight win in as many outings. She also had four strikeouts in the game and gave up one walk.
After a scoreless first inning, a Kansas error opened the floodgates for the Red Raiders in the second. Raven Richardson drove a two-out grounder to Marissa Ingle at third, but her throw to first went wild, allowing two runs came across on the play.
Randi Tongate took advantage of the miscue a batter later, driving a RBI single to center that scored Richardson from second. Emily Bledsoe, who was 3-for-3 in the game, kept the rally going with an opposite-field double that pushed Tech's lead to 4-0 early.
Facing a similar situation as its first game of the day, the Red Raiders continued their steady approach at the plate, adding another five runs in the third highlighted by a Taylor Powell pinch hit double off the wall in left that scored two runners.
Cydney Allen led off the inning with a RBI double to right, while Richardson later plated a run off an infield single. Allen added Tech's final run in the fourth inning.
Despite not giving up an earned run, Kristin Martinez (12-8) took the loss for the Jayhawks as she was pulled in the second inning after giving up Tech's first four runs off three hits and two walks.
The Red Raiders return to the road this weekend, traveling to Stillwater, Okla. for a weekend series at Oklahoma State. The series begins at 4 p.m. Saturday at Cowgirl Stadium.