No. 19 Aggies Run-Rule No. 24 Texas Tech to Clinch Series
Shanon Hays and the Red Raiders fell 9-0 to Texas A&M in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday.
April 17, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas A&M clinched its series with 24th-ranked Texas Tech Tuesday evening as the 19th-ranked Aggies finished a doubleheader sweep with a 9-0 run-rule at Rocky Johnson Field.
The loss, Tech's third-straight heading into Wednesday's series finale, extended the Red Raiders' (34-12; 7-7) losing streak to the Aggies (31-12; 11-5) to 10-straight after a 9-6 defeat in the opener.
Like the series opener, Tech had no solution to stop the Aggie bats that blistered the Red Raiders for 18 total runs on the day. A&M finished with 12 hits in the game, matching Tech's season high that was originally set in the series opener at Texas on March 6.
Tech did not help its cause, either, as the Red Raiders committed seven errors between the two games, including four in the finale that matched the season high. A&M scored all its runs from the third inning on as Tech would record all four of its errors during that time.
In the circle, Lauren Ainsley limited the Red Raiders to just three hits as she surrendered a second-inning double to Mikey Kenney before giving up singles later in the outing to Randi Tongate and Logan Hall.
Ainsley (3-0) picked up her first win in Big 12 play this year as the right-hander struck out four and walked three in the complete-game performance.
After being nearly flawless last weekend, Tech starter Brittany Talley (10-3) had one of her roughest outings of the year as she gave up six runs, four of which were earned, off 10 hits. She also struck out four before being pulled with no outs in the fifth inning.
Cara Custer came on to pitch 1.1 innings of relief where she gave up three runs, two of which came off Mel Dumezich home run to right field. Ashley Brokeshoulder recorded the final two outs in the sixth inning in her second relief appearance of the day.
Dumezich finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and the two RBI. Cassie Tysarczyk continued her hot-hitting from the opener as she went 3-for-3 at the plate, finishing 6-for-6 on the day.
The two in-state rivals will close the series with a 5 p.m. first pitch Wednesday evening at Rocky Johnson Field.