TEMPE, AZ - Ashly Jacobs was perfect for 4 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 collegiate career.
Kenney, Logan Hall and Leah Legler each picked up two hits—Kenney with the solo shot and Hall who added three runs batted in—and led the offensive effort for first-year head coach Shanon Hays' squad.
Jacobs gave up only one hit, but it was a two-run home run 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. Jacobs had opened the first four and two thirds with a perfect game until she hit a batter preceding the home run.
"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."
Tech next faces Southern Utah at 6 p.m. as play at the ASU Kajikawa Classic continues on Friday, Feb. 12.