Texas Tech Falls in Series Opener at No. 18 Texas A&M|
May 13, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Melissa Dumezich limited Texas Tech to only two hits while also hitting a solo homer run to lead 18th-ranked Texas A&M to a 3-0 victory Friday evening in the series opener at the Aggie Softball Complex.
Tech, which was coming off a 12-day break in between games, drops to 40-13 on the year and 5-12 in Big 12 play, while A&M improves to 40-13 as well with a 12-5 mark in conference.
"It was a tough loss for us tonight," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said following the game. "Brittany Talley threw well enough for us to win, but we hit too many balls in the air and did not have take advantage of a few opportunities. We're going to watch film tonight to see what they did to us pitching wise, and then try to go win tomorrow."
Despite the good start from Talley (14-6), the Aggies found just enough offense to get to the freshman. Dumezich lifted a 1-2 pitch over the wall in right to leadoff the fifth inning, while Taran Tyler drilled a two-run triple with two outs in the sixth to give the Aggies two more insurance runs.
Talley finished the game with six strikeouts, while giving up five hits and three walks, two of which that preceded Tyler's pinch-hit triple. She did not surrender a hit until a Cassie Tysarczyk single in the third inning.
Dumezich, meanwhile, kept the Red Raider bats at bay as Raven Richardson was the only player to find an answer for the right-hander with Tech's only two hits in the game. Richardson drilled a single up the middle in the fourth before unloading a one-out double off the wall in right in the seventh.
Tech was able to get a runner in scoring position early, drawing two walks in the first from Emily Bledsoe and Sandy James. Dumezich (26-8) recovered to get Mikey Kenney and Cydney Allen with back-to-back fly balls to end the inning.
Dumezich finished the game with four strikeouts and two walks en route to her 12th shutout of the season. The shutout was only the second against Tech this season.
The two teams will return to the diamond Saturday afternoon for the series finale. First pitch is scheduled for noon at the Aggie Softball Complex.