No. 7 Texas Takes Advantage of Tech Miscues to Complete Sweep|
April 28, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas scored four unearned runs over the course of the fourth and fifth innings Sunday en route to completing the series sweep over Texas Tech with a 4-1 victory at Rocky Johnson Field.
The loss dropped the Red Raiders to 29-24 on the year and 3-12 in Big 12 Conference play. Texas, meanwhile, improved to 42-6 overall and 12-2 in league action.
"We didn't make the plays in the key situations today," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "I thought we had great pitching not just today but yesterday as well, but we left too many runners on base and didn't get the key hits when we need them. We have to get ready for Baylor now and put this behind us."
Tech starter Cara Custer limited Texas to just one hit over the first three innings until Karina Scott and Torie Schmidt connected on back-to-back two out singles in the fourth.
Custer still managed to do enough to get the Red Raiders out of the inning as she forced Kim Bruins to ground to second but Brooke Scott's flip to the bag went high, allowing Scott to scamper home.
The Longhorns extended their lead to two runs an inning later off another Tech fielding error. Mandy Ogle kept the offense going for Texas with a sacrifice fly to center before Schmidt connected on a RBI single, her second of three hits in the game.
The four-run lead was enough for Texas ace Blaire Luna (24-3), who struck out 10 while allowing just a run off three hits and three walks in the complete-game effort.
Shelby Johnson and Mikey Kenney provided Tech's lone run with back-to-back doubles to open the sixth. The Red Raiders put runners on the corner later in the inning, but Luna rebounded with a strikeout of Adriana Perez and a ground ball to second from Lexie Elkins.
Tech stranded six runners on base, including two in scoring position in the fourth. Luna ended the inning with a pair of strikeouts to get out of that jam as well.
Custer (13-14) took the loss in the circle after the sophomore allowed the four unearned runs off five hits and two walks over 4.2 innings. Brittany Talley got Tech out of the fifth inning before Gretchen Aucoin came on to strike out four in two scoreless innings.
The Red Raiders will look to rebound this week with a three-game series at No. 21 Baylor to close the regular season. The series opens Thursday evening with a 7 p.m. first pitch that will be aired nationally on ESPN.