TEMPE, Ariz. - Mikey Kenney, Emily Bledsoe (2), Holley Gentsch and Raven Richardson blasted home runs, all solo, and Leah Legler picked up a pair of hits and drove in three runs to lead Texas Tech to a 9-1 win over Southern Utah in a mercy-rule shortened game of five innings. Karli Merlich allowed one run on two hits and struck out five in getting the complete game win for the team on head coach Shanon Hays' birthday. The five home runs ties a team single-game record.
Kenney, who hit a home run in her first collegiate at bat, led off the second inning of this game with a solo shot, this time to left center and duplicated the result from the night before, collecting what would become the game-winning hit. The Red Raiders added two more in that frame, with Legler doubling in a pair. The Thunderbirds got a run back in the third, but Tech got a leadoff home run from Bledsoe to open the bottom of the third. With one out, Gentsch blasted her first round-tripper of the season. After another out, Richardson drove the ball deep over the fence in left center field for her first bomb as a Red Raider and it was 6-1 Tech at the end of three. Bledsoe added a two-out home run in her next at bat.
Tech added two more in the fifth, on another run-scoring hit from Legler, and the team moved the requisite eight runs ahead in the bottom of the fifth to end the game early.
The team takes its unblemished record to the field for a pair of games with Auburn and Oregon tomorrow, at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively, as play at the ASU Kajikawa Classic continues.