May 6, 2012
THE OKLAHOMA STATE SERIES
Despite the win, Texas Tech still trails Oklahoma State, 27-13, all-time in the series, including a 12-7 mark when playing in Lubbock.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak to the Cowgirls, who won the series opener, 5-0, Saturday afternoon.
The 12 runs in the game mark the most in the series since Tech took a 13-12 victory on May 5, 2007 when playing in Stillwater.
Tech head coach Shanon Hays
is now 3-3 all-time against Oklahoma State with the win.
TEXAS TECH TEAM NOTES
With the win, Tech guarantees its first winning Big 12 record since 2001 when the Red Raiders went 10-8 in league play en route to earning an NCAA Regional selection.
The Red Raiders have also defeated every Big 12 opponent at least once in a single season for the first time in school history.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Red Raiders. Tech has only lost two or more games in a row twice since March 6.
Tech's four home runs in the game matched its season high during Big 12 play as the Red Raiders also hit four in the series finale against Iowa State on April 1.
The Red Raiders improved to 15-0 on the year and 4-0 during Big 12 play when hitting at least two home runs in a game.
Emily Bledsoe and Ashley Hamada's back-to-back home runs in the fourth marked the first time Tech had done so since Mikey Kenney and Bledsoe hit consecutive solo shots in the sixth inning against Iowa State on April 1.
Tech's eight runs in the game were its most since defeating No. 19 Texas A&M, 8-6, April 18 in Lubbock.
The Red Raiders improved to 17-4 this year at Rocky Johnson Field including an 8-4 mark during Big 12 play.
Tech also improved to 4-4 during series middle games and 8-1 on Sundays. The Red Raiders are a perfect 3-0 in league play on Sundays as well.
The win improved Tech to 22-2 on the year and 5-1 during Big 12 play when scoring six or more runs.
The Red Raiders are also now 14-12 on the year and 7-8 during league play when allowing three or more runs in a game.
Tech was outhit, 10-9 by the Cowgirls. The Red Raiders were only 4-15 on the year and 2-10 during Big 12 play prior to this weekend when being outhit.
James went 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBI for her 11th multiple-hit game of the year and 11th multiple-RBI performance.
The junior crushed two home runs in the game to give her 11 now on the season. It marked her third multiple home run game of the year and the fourth of her career.
The two home runs helped James tie Kim Martinez (1997, 1999) for second all-time in the Tech record book as she now has 27 over two seasons. Martinez was the record holder entering this year before Mikey Kenney broke the mark midway through the season.
Bledsoe went 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBI for her ninth multiple-hit game of the year and seventh multiple-RBI performance.
The senior connected on her fifth home run of the season in the fourth, giving her 18 now over her four-year career. She moved into sole possession of seventh in the Tech career record book as she was previously tied with Jennifer Bowers (2005-08) entering this weekend.
Bledsoe is also now just an RBI shy of tying Paula Workman (1997-2000) for the most in school history. Bledsoe now has 113 for her career, one more than teammate Logan Hall who dropped to third all-time.
Hamada's 2-for-3 performance at the plate marked her third multiple-hit game of the year. The senior has been successful against Big 12 pitching this year as she is hitting .293 in league games only.
Hamada connected on her first home run of the season in the fourth and just the third for her career. She also had a home run as a freshman in 2009 and then connected on one against Evansville on March 13 last year.
Hamada's first career home run also came against Oklahoma State as she hit a solo shot on May 2.
Talley struck out five Cowgirls to earn the win, her first since tossing a one-hit shutout at Missouri on April 13.
Her five strikeouts marked her most during Big 12 play this year and one shy of her season high that was set March 14 at Stony Brook.