Red Raiders Use Big Inning to Drop West Texas A&M

Taylor Powell connected on a two-run homer in Tech's 11-2 win over West Texas A&M Thursday.

Oct. 11, 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech used an eight-run third inning to remain undefeated this fall after an 11-2 victory Thursday evening over West Texas A&M at Rocky Johnson Field.

The win improves the Red Raiders to 4-0 this fall heading into a Friday doubleheader with Midland College. Tech was coming off a 2-0 victory Tuesday afternoon over cross-town Lubbock Christian.

"I was glad to see us hit the ball better today," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "We had a slow start but we got it going in the third and then our pitching was solid once again. We're playing a lot of young kids so far and several of them are starting to swing the bat well."

Shelby Johnson began Tech's eight-run inning with a RBI single up the middle that scored Nikki Dunlap, who opened the inning with a line-drive single to left. Johnson finished 2-for-3 in the game with a stolen base in the sixth.

Sandy James continues the Tech scoring moments later with a two-run double off the wall in center, scoring both Johnson and Mikey Kenney. Tech also received RBI from Samantha Camello, Lauran Bliss, and Kenney in the inning as the Red Raiders sent 12 batters to the plate.

West Texas A&M opened the top of the third with a two-out, two-run home run off the foul pole in left to give the Lady Buffs an early lead. The homer was the only hit off Cara Custer, who finished with five of Tech's nine strikeouts in the game.

The Red Raider pitching staff retired the final eight hitters in order as Gretchen Aucoin struck out the side in the sixth before Shannon Carrico closed the game with a perfect seventh inning. Brittany Talley earned the start in the circle as the southpaw surrendered a pair of hits over the first two innings.

Taylor Powell added to Tech's lead with a two-run blast over the left field wall in the fourth. Dunlap, who finished 2-for-3 with a stolen base, came across for Tech's final run an inning later as she scored off misplayed grounder from Johnson to second base.

The Red Raiders and Midland College will begin their doubleheader at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon in order to avoid inclement weather. First pitch was previously set for 5 p.m. at Rocky Johnson Field.




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