Red Raiders Complete Series Opener With 4-1 Victory Over Kansas
Brittany Talley tossed three shutout innings to help Tech complete a 4-1 victory over Kansas Saturday.
April 28, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Texas Tech added one more run in the fifth and Brittany Talley tossed three shutout innings of relief to help the 24th-ranked Red Raiders complete a 4-1 victory over Kansas Saturday at Arrocha Ballpark.
The game picked up where it left off from Friday evening with Tech leading 3-1 in the fifth with the bases loaded and Ashley Hamada coming to the plate with one out in the inning.
Taylor Powell replaced Hamada in the lineup when play resumed as she was hit by a 3-1 pitch to score Sandy James. The Red Raiders (38-13; 11-8) left the bases loaded, though, as Emily Bledsoe struck out and Logan Hall grounded into a fielder's choice to third.
Tech would not need any insurance runs, though, as Talley gave up just two hits and a walk over the final three innings for her first save of the season.
Kansas' (30-17; 5-14) only threat came in the fifth as Maggie Hull drew a two-out walk that was followed by a single from Maddie Stein. Talley got out of the jam by forcing Liz Kocon to ground to first for the final out.
Cara Custer (24-8) earned the win after giving up just one run off a hit in her four innings of work Friday evening. The win was Custer's 24th of the season, moving her past Amanda Renfro for the most by a Tech freshman in school history. It also moved her past Renfro for the second-most in single-season history as well.
Alica Pille (17-10) took the loss for Kansas as all four runs were charged to her. James was the final batter Pille faced Friday evening before leaving the game in favor of Morgan Druhan.
Tech scored its three earlier runs Friday off a Holley Gentsch solo home run in the fourth and a James one-out single in the fifth. Gentsch earned a bases-loaded walk to bring in the final run before play was suspended.
Kristin Martinez relieved Druhan when play resumed as she surrendered just a hit and two walks over the final 2.2 innings.
The two teams will continue the series later this afternoon as the second game is schedule for a 2 p.m. first pitch at Arrocha Ballpark.