Texas Tech Uses Long Ball to Drop West Texas A&M

Brooke Scott connected on one of five Tech home runs Tuesday night against West Texas A&M.

Oct. 22, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech connected on five home runs and picked up another solid performance in the circle Tuesday evening en route to scoring a 20-1 victory over West Texas A&M at Rocky Johnson Field.

The victory improves the Red Raiders to 6-0 so far this fall with two games still remaining later this week against crosstown Lubbock Christian. The 19-run rout also marked Tech's largest margin of victory in a game this fall.

"We really hit the ball well today against a good WT club," Tech head coach Shanon Hays. "It was a good showing throughout the lineup and then we also had good pitching again in the circle which was nice to see. We still need to continue to get better later this week against LCU."

Cassie McClure powered the first Tech home run in the fourth as she crushed a three-run shot deep over the fence in left field that was immediately followed by a Brittany Warnecke solo shot to left center.

Brittany Lee and Brooke Scott both connected on three-run homers in the seventh and ninth innings as well, while Susan Welborn delivered Tech's final home run with a two-run blast later in the ninth.

McClure's home run in the fourth helped break the game open further for the Red Raiders, who plated five runs in the first two innings alone.

Kierra Miles opened the scoring in the fourth with a bases-loaded double down the left-field line that scored two. It was the third RBI already in the game for Miles as she drove in Tech's first run with a RBI double in the first inning.

Like Miles, Warnecke also swung a heavy bat early, connecting on a double of her own that scored one in the opening frame before Ashley Fultz kept the offense going an inning later with a two-run double to the gap in left center. Sydni Emanuel scored Fultz moments later with a RBI single up the middle.

In the circle, Tech was equally as dominant as the combination of Cara Custer, Brittany Talley, McClure, Gretchen Aucoin and Chandler Moore kept the Lady Buffs off-balanced for most of the night.

West Texas A&M scored its only run in the sixth with a leadoff home run that barely escaped the wall in left field. It was one of six hits for the Lady Buffs over 10 innings.

Tech's fall finale series against LCU begins Thursday afternoon with a 3 p.m. first pitch at PlainsCapital Park. The Red Raiders return to Rocky Johnson Field Friday afternoon with another 3 p.m. first pitch to complete the series.




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