James, Kenney Push Tech to 6-4 Victory Over No. 22/15 Baylor
Sandy James connected on a pair of home runs in Texas Tech's 6-4 victory on Saturday afternoon.
May 4, 2013
WACO, Texas - Sandy James connected on pair of solo home runs while Mikey Kenney added one of her own Saturday afternoon to help Texas Tech salvage its series with No. 22/15 Baylor after a 6-4 victory at Getterman Stadium.
The win marks Tech's first over a ranked opponent this year and also guarantees the Red Raiders (30-26; 4-14) their fourth-straight 30-win season under head coach Shanon Hays, which is now the longest streak in school history. Baylor dropped to 39-14 overall and 10-7 in Big 12 play with the loss.
"It was good to get a win today," Hays. "We hit the ball well at key moments and then had good pitching from Cara (Custer) down the stretch. I was proud of how we battled back from a tough loss yesterday. Now the hard part is we have to wait to see if it's enough to get in the postseason."
James and Kenney combined for five of Tech's six RBI with James providing two via the long ball while Kenney also added a two-run double in the second before homering to lead off the fifth inning.
James connected on her first home run in the opening inning that gave Tech an early lead. She also added an insurance run in the seventh with a leadoff shot that just escaped the center field wall.
It was the eighth and ninth home runs of the season and the 13th for Kenney, who now has 45 for her career, one shy of entering the Big 12 career record book. Tech's three home runs marked its most since opening Big 12 play on March 28 with three against Oklahoma State.
Camello matched her career high in hits with a 3-for-4 performance while Elkins went 2-for-4, marking the second-straight day the 17-year-old has recorded a multiple-hit game.
Tech's offense gave reliever Cara Custer (14-16) plenty of room as the right-hander orchestrated one of her finer outings of the season. Custer allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out three in relief of starter Brittany Talley, who surrendered all four runs off five hits in only the first 1.2 innings.
Like Tech, Baylor also had to turn to its bullpen early as Whitney Canion relieved Courtney Repka with no outs in the second and proceeded to get two quick outs before Kenney's two-run double.
Canion (23-7), who picked up the win in the first two games of the series, surrendered just one earned run off five hits in four innings before Heather Stearns came on to toss the final two frames where she gave up the home run to James along with two other hits.
Baylor plated two runs in each of the first two innings Holly Holl and Linsey Hays each connected on RBI singles in the first while Kaitlyn Thumann added a two-run double the next inning to tie the game again. Thumann finished 2-for-3 at the plate as she also singled in the first inning as well.
The Red Raiders will now have to wait to hear their postseason fate as the NCAA Selection Show is set to air May 12 at 9 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
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