No. 19 Texas A&M Takes Series Opener With No. 24 Texas Tech|
Adriana Perez went 2-for-4 with four RBI in Tech's 9-6 loss on Tuesday.
April 17, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas A&M lit up Texas Tech's pitching for five runs over the first four innings en route to a 9-6 series-opening victory Tuesday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field.
The Aggies (30-12; 10-5) turned on Tech starter Cara Custer from the beginning, scoring two in the first for an early lead Tech (34-11; 7-6) could never overcome.
The Red Raiders plated a run in the bottom of the inning but could never keep up with the Aggie offense. A&M scored in all but two innings on its way to pushing across the second-most runs against Tech this season.
Cassie Tysarcyk went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Aggies as she scored a pair of runs and drove in a game-high five RBI. Natalie Villarreal went 3-for-4 from the leadoff spot as well.
Custer (20-7) took the loss for the Red Raiders as she gave up three runs, one of which was earned, over 3.1 innings. She was originally pulled to start the fourth in favor of Kelsey Dennis but the freshman returned later to close out the inning.
Dennis gave up two runs off three hits while getting two outs in the fourth. Ashley Brokeshoulder tossed the final three innings in relief, surrendering four runs off four hits during that time.
Mel Dumezich (22-9) picked up her Big 12-leading 22nd win of the season in the complete-game effort as the right-hander gave up all six runs, four of which that were earned, off eight hits. She also struck out five Tech hitters while walking four.
Adriana Perez led Tech at the plate as she crushed a three-run homer in the fifth that pulled the Red Raiders to a 6-4 deficit. The junior finished 2-for-4 at the plate with a team-high four RBI as she also provided a RBI single in the first.
Tech's six runs in the game match its season-high in a loss this year. The Red Raiders also scored six in its 14-6 loss on Feb. 10 against Northwestern.