Texas Tech Cruises Past Howard College, 15-3|
Shanon Hays' club recorded 22 hits in a 15-3 rout of Howard College Friday evening.
Oct. 11, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech plated eight runs in the first three innings Friday evening en route to cruising to a 15-3 rout of Howard College in a 10-inning contest at Rocky Johnson Field.
The win, which improves the Red Raiders to 5-0 already this fall with three exhibition games still remaining, marked Tech's largest margin of victory so far as Tech exploded for 22 hits in the contest. It was also the most runs for the Red Raiders this fall as well.
"I thought this was the best we've swung the bats so far this fall," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "We were able to get most of our team an at-bat, and then we used five pitchers and all of them threw well. We're young at pretty much every position, but we're constantly improving and that's what you want to see in the fall."
The Red Raiders got on the board early in the first inning off a Kierra Miles ground ball that scored leadoff hitter Sydni Emanuel. It was the first of two RBI in the game for Miles, who also connected on a run-scoring double in the final inning.
Miles was one of several Red Raider freshmen with at least two RBI, which was led by Brittany Warnecke, who drove in five runs with a pair of two-run doubles in the third and 10th innings and then a solo home run in the eighth. Warnecke finished 4-for-5 at the plate with a single in the second, falling just a triple shy of the cycle.
Tech plated four runs in the second to take an early 6-0 lead, beginning with a Sydnie Tapia RBI double that scored Warnecke. Ashley Fultz and Emanuel both added RBI ground balls as well before Lea Hopson capped the inning with a two-out RBI double off the wall in center field.
Faced with an 8-0 lead, the Red Raiders did not get on the board again until the eighth when Cassie McClure unloaded on the first of three Tech home runs with a solo shot over left field. Warnecke connected on a solo shot of her own later in the inning while Susan Welborn plated Tech's final two runs with her first home run of the fall in the 10th.
As good as Tech's performance was at the plate, the Red Raiders were also solid in the circle with five different pitchers seeing time, beginning with three perfect innings from starter Cara Custer.
Brittany Talley and McClure came on to pitch two scoreless innings each before Howard was able to score an unearned run off Chandler Moore in the eighth. Moore pitched a scoreless ninth inning and then was relieved by Gretchen Aucoin, who was solid despite allowing a two-run homer to end the inning.
The pitching staff failed to allow a single walk over all 10 innings while surrendering just six hits to Howard, which is annually one of the top softball programs at the junior college level.
The Red Raiders begin their final stretch of the fall schedule Tuesday afternoon with a 3 p.m. first pitch against crosstown Lubbock Christian University.