No. 5 Texas Rallies to Complete Sweep of Texas Tech|
April 23, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas used a three-run fourth inning to erase an early Texas Tech lead, propelling the 5th-ranked Longhorns to the series sweep Saturday afternoon with a 9-5 victory at Rocky Johnson Field.
The loss extended Tech's winless streak to four straight games as the Red Raiders end the weekend 39-11 overall and 4-10 in Big 12 play. Texas, meanwhile, remains perfect in conference play at 11-0 and 41-4 overall.
"I felt pretty good about our team today," head coach Shanon Hays said. "Our biggest weakness today was getting a girl on third with less than two outs and not scoring her. We had a chance to get up 7-1 early and failed, and Texas chipped away from there and buried us at the last. I still like our squad, and I am hopeful that we will rebound next weekend."
Playing in their final home game this season, the Red Raiders jumped on Texas starter Rachel Fox early, scoring a run in the first off a wild pitch before plating four additional runs in the second. Tech started off the second with three-straight hits, highlighted by a pinch-hit double from Holley Gentsch that scored two and gave Tech a 3-1 lead.
Texas immediately turned to ace Blaire Luna (24-2) who managed to get the Longhorns out of the inning, but not before Logan Hall added a RBI single and Sandy James drove her in with a single of her own.
Luna stifled the Red Raiders from there, however, allowing only two more hits the rest of the way while striking out six and walking three.
Tech was able to get a runner on base in each of the final five innings, but Luna worked out of a jam each time, allowing Texas, whose only run through the first two innings came off a bases loaded walk, to find its offense from the day before.
A day after hitting seven home runs, Texas' lone homer in the game pushed the Longhorns ahead in the fourth as Nadia Taylor drove a two-run shot over the fence in left as part of a three-run inning.
The dinger was enough for Hays to go to his bullpen, pulling starter Brittany Talley (13-5) after the freshman allowed six runs off 11 hits and four strikeouts.
The Longhorns added a couple insurance runs in the sixth off reliever Kermitria Ward before posting one more in the seventh off a Taylor Thom one-out single. Thom finished 5-for-5 in the game as the Longhorns recorded 18 hits for the second-straight day, matching the Tech school record for an opponent.
Tech will now look to score a few wins on the road as the Red Raiders travel to 14th-ranked Nebraska for a critical two-game series that begins at 2 p.m. Saturday in Lincoln.