Kansas Rallies Late to Top No. 24 Texas Tech
Logan Hall went 2-for-3 in Tech's 5-4 loss to Kansas Saturday afternoon.
April 28, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas plated four runs over the final two innings to overcome a three-run deficit and defeat No. 24 Texas Tech, 5-4, Saturday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark.
The loss evens the series between the two schools as Tech claimed a 4-1 victory in the opener that was completed earlier in the day.
"We've won three or four games just like that in how they beat us, so we've got to come back out strong and try to win the series tomorrow," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "They've got some momentum and they are a good hitting ballclub, but we've got to score a few more runs. We really hit the ball the last couple innings but we just didn't have much to show for it. I feel good about tomorrow and I think our team is confident."
The Red Raiders (38-14; 11-9) held a 4-3 lead heading to the seventh when leadoff hitter Elsa Moyer dribbled an infield single to the left side that neither Raven Richardson or Emily Bledsoe could reach in time.
Moyer came around the score off a Maggie Hull double to the gap in left center. Following an intentional walk to Maddie Stein, Mariah Montgomery provided her second RBI of the game with a walk-off single to nearly the same spot in left center, bring Hull around from second.
The Jayhawks (31-17; 6-14) had previously pulled to a one-run deficit an inning before when Chanin Naudin connected on a two-run single through the left side.
The late-inning loss was a rarity for the Red Raiders under Hays as Tech came into the series 69-1 under the third-year head coach when taking a lead into the seventh.
After Montgomery connected on an early solo home run in the second, Bledsoe opened a three-run, two out rally for Tech a half-inning later as she and Logan Hall connected on back-to-back doubles.
The hit ended Kansas starter Alicia Pille's outing as the right-hander was pulled after giving up the three runs off three hits and three walks. She was replaced Kristen Martinez, who, after finishing the earlier game, provided 4.1 innings of relief with only one surrendered off a Richardson solo shot in the sixth.
The Red Raiders tried to add a few more insurance runs off Martinez an inning later when Hall led off the frame with a single. Kenney followed immediately after with a shot up the middle that easily moved Hall to third.
A wide throw to third from Moyer in center sent Hall racing for the plate, only to be called out after Martinez backed up the play. Tech stranded Kenney moments later after line-outs from Perez and Randi Tongate.
Hall (2-for-3) and Bledsoe (2-for-4) both finished with two hits in the game to lead the Red Raiders. Bledsoe's double in the third marked the 47th of her career, leaving the senior just one shy of entering the top 10 in Big 12 history.
Cara Custer (24-9) took the loss for the Red Raiders after giving up the final four runs, three of which were earned, over her 3.1 innings of relief. She also struck out five during that time while allowing six hits.
Brittany Talley tossed the first 2.2 innings in her second appearance of the series. Talley, who gave up just a run in three hits, pitched three full innings earlier in the day to close the series opener.
Tech will look for its fourth Big 12 series win of the year Sunday when the rubber match between the two teams begins at 2 p.m. from Arrocha Ballpark.