Tech Gets Opening-Season Win
Feb. 11, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. - Ashly Jacobs was perfect for four and two thirds innings and Ashley Brokeshoulder came on in relief to earn a save as Texas Tech beat Wisconsin, 5-2, in the season opener for both teams. Mikey Kenney, who celebrated her birthday in style by blasting a home run in her first collegiate career at bat, was credited with the game-winning hit when her second inning bomb dropped over the fence in dead center field to open the scoring and Tech would never relinquish the lead.
But, the game did get close when, with two outs and the perfecto working, Jacobs plunked Badgers left fielder Kendall Grimm. Behind in the count, Jacobs made her only mistake pitch of the evening when a curve ball didn't and the offering landed over the fence in right center for a two run home run for Ashley Hanewich.
First year Head Coach Shanon Hays used the short hook and pulled Jacobs in favor of the freshman, Brokeshoulder, who struck out catcher Maggie Strange with a series of breaking pitches and a changeup.
"I told Jacobs after the game, that I thought she was flat out brilliant. Her only mistake was that pitch that didn't get off the plate enough and was well hit," Hays said. "I'll take that effort any time."
Jacobs gave up only the one hit and finished with eight strikeouts (of 16 batters faced) and got her 37th win as a Red Raider. Brokeshoulder, who did struggle a little with control and wound up walking two Badgers to make things interesting in the final two frames, earned a save, giving up a hit. She added four strikeouts, including the rally-ending one to Strange and consecutive fans in the seventh.
Offensively, Kenney's bomb opened the second frame and keyed a burst when McKenzie Clemmons drew a walk following the home run. With one out Ashley Hamada and Leah Legler dropped a pair of infield singles and with two outs, second baseman Logan Hall knocked a single up the middle scoring the pair.
The 3-2 lead would've held up, but Tech added a pair in the top of the seventh to provide Brokeshoulder with a little breathing room. Pinch hitter Skyler Peterson drilled a shot to right which got by Hanewich and landed Peterson at third. Hamada reentered and scored on a passed ball. Leah Legler dropped an infield double behind the bag at third and scored when Hall collected her third RBI of the evening.
Tech next faces Southern Utah at 6 p.m. as play at the ASU Kajikawa Classic continues on Friday, Feb. 12.
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