Williams Helps Texas Tech Even Series With Iowa State|
Katelyn Williams went 3-for-4 to help send Texas Tech to a 6-4 victory Saturday.
April 20, 2013
AMES, Iowa - Katelyn Williams belted a three-run homer in the first then added a RBI triple in the sixth to help Texas Tech even its series with Iowa State Saturday with a 6-1 victory at the Cyclone Sports Complex.
The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Red Raiders (28-21; 2-9), who will look for their first series win of the season in Sunday's rubber match.
"The biggest key for us today was that we jumped on them early," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "I thought Cara (Custer) came back and gave us good innings in the circle as well. The goal is to win the series and we have a chance to do that now tomorrow."
Williams enjoyed a pleasant 20th birthday as she finished 3-for-4 at the plate with a single also in the second inning. Her four RBI matched her career high that was set March 13 against Bryant.
She followed what would have been a Mikey Kenney sacrifice fly in the sixth but the ball was dropped in right, paving the way for a three-run inning. Williams came around to score later in the inning off a bases-loaded walk to Gretchen Aucoin.
The Cyclones (19-23; 4-7) were able to rally with three runs in the seventh, only one of which was earned off Cara Custer as Lexi Slater opened the frame with a leadoff home run. Tori Torrescano also added a sacrifice fly later in the inning for her second RBI of the game after she provided a two out run-scoring single in the first.
Custer (13-12) picked up the win in relief of Brittany Talley as she tossed six innings, giving up three runs, one of which was earned, off five hits and a walk. She also struck out six, giving her 18 total strikeouts so far in the series.
Riley Fisher (2-8) earned the loss as she could not record an out in the opening inning. Taylor Smith came on following Williams' home run and a walk to Perez as she gave up three runs, all unearned, off seven hits from there.
Sunday's rubber match between the two teams is scheduled for a 12 p.m. first pitch at the Cyclone Sports Complex.