Kenney, James Launch Early Home Runs in 12-5 Victory Friday
Mikey Kenney led off the first with a solo home run in Tech's 12-5 victory over Howard Friday.
Oct. 5, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Mikey Kenney led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run before Sandy James connected on a grand slam an inning later to lead Texas Tech to a 12-5 victory over Howard College Friday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field.
The victory improves the Red Raiders to 2-0 so far in fall ball action as Tech routed Western Texas, 12-1, in its opener a week ago.
"We swung the bats pretty well today and had a couple big hits early from Mikey (Kenney) and Sandy (James)," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "I think we found a few areas we need to work on but I like how we've competed at the plate. We'll look to continue to get better as this fall season carries on."
James' grand slam highlighted a six-run second inning for the Red Raiders as Gretchen Aucoin also added a two-run double. Tech opened the frame with three-straight singles from Taylor Powell, Samantha Camello, and Lauran Bliss.
Camello finished 4-for-5 at the plate as the freshman led off the third with a double before knocking an RBI single up the middle an inning later. Shelby Johnson also came across in the third off a RBI single from James.
Anne Binschus added Tech's final run with a RBI double off the wall in left that easily scored Camello. Binschus finished 2-for-2 at the plate thanks to a two-out single in the seventh.
Howard led off the third with back-to-back hits to score a pair of runs and then put a run across in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Tech continues its fall season Tuesday afternoon against crosstown Lubbock Christian. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Rocky Johnson Field.