Talley Pushes Red Raiders to 6-1 Victory Over Maryland|
Brittany Talley tossed six shutout innings to lead Tech to a 6-1 victory Friday.
May 18, 2012
SEATTLE - Texas Tech used a four-run sixth and six shutout innings of relief from Brittany Talley to open the NCAA Washington Regional with a 6-1 victory over Maryland Friday evening at the Husky Softball Stadium.
In their third-straight postseason appearance, the Red Raiders (41-15) opened with a win for the first time since 1999 when the Red Raiders defeated South Carolina, 1-0, in the program's first-ever regional appearance.
"We threw very well today, kept (Maryland) off-balance and handled their left-handed hitters very well," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "I thought that was the key to keeping the game close until we had a chance for the big inning."
Tech led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth when Mikey Kenney opened the frame with a walk. After stealing second, Sandy James connected on the Red Raiders' only hit in the inning with a one-out RBI double to right center.
From there, the Red Raiders took advantage of several Maryland miscues to add three more insurance runs as James scored on a wild pitch while Raven Richardson and Emily Cooper came around on a fielding error off an Ashley Hamada liner to first.
The five-run lead was plenty of room for Talley (12-4), who replaced Cara Custer with no outs in the second and proceeded to limit the Terrapins (34-21) to four hits over the final six innings.
It was the first career postseason victory for Talley, who collected a pair of saves in last year's Tucson Regional.
"Before the game Coach Hays told me to be ready because we knew Maryland had a lot of left-handed hitters, which is something I like to throw to," said Talley, who escaped jams in the third, fifth and sixth before throwing a perfect seventh inning. "I was ready to go. I had been told to be ready and it was a good game."
Maryland scored its only run in the first when Shannon Bustillos took off on a delayed steal attempt to second that allowed Vangie Galindo to sneak in from third.
Holley Gentsch helped Tech tie the game an inning later as she lined a single into center to allow pinch runner Kermitria Ward to scamper home from second. Ward had previously stolen second base a few pitches before as a replacement for Cydney Allen who had a pinch-hit walk.
Gentsch finished 2-for-3 at the plate as she also drove a single down the left-field line in the fourth that set up the Red Raiders to take the lead moments later off an Emily Bledsoe sacrifice fly.
The Red Raiders will face Washington at 3 p.m. CT Saturday afternoon after the host Huskies defeated Harvard, 2-0, in the other opening-round game.