Texas Tech raps out twenty hits in two games to sweep a pair of games to conclude its first of three home mini tournaments and finish with an unblemished record in the three-day event. The Red Raiders improve to 10-1 on the season with wins over Maine, 12-9, and Missouri-Kansas City, 7-3. It is the best start in the program's history.
While pitching was the key highlight from day two of the event, the final day featured several strong offensive performances. In the game with Maine, Tech got home runs by Emily Bledsoe (first inning) and Holley Gentsch, whose sixth inning, three run blast wound up being the difference in a wild, 9-9, affair. Raven Richardson and Logan Hall added key doubles. Hall went three-for-four with a pair of runs scored in her best effort to date as a Red Raider. Also collecting multiple hits were Gentsch, Mikey Kenney, and Ashley Hamada. Karli Merlich, who came on in relief of starter Hillary Phillips in the second, pitched five and two thirds innings in collecting her fourth win of the weekend, but was not quite as sharp as she previously had been, allowing four earned runs in the early-morning game.
In game two, this time with UMKC and playing from behind in the first inning, 1-0, Tech got a leadoff single from Stephanie Drewry and run scoring singles by Richardson and Hamada and was not seriously threatened as starter Ashly Jacobs got a little run support and picked up her second win (no losses) on the season. Merlich came on to pitch three innings and collected her first save of the year. The pair scattered six hits, and struck out eight, and gave up only one earned run as the Red Raiders were not perfect in the field, committing a few miscues along the way.
Bledsoe also doubled and scored two runs and Richardson collected two hits and four RBI, three of them courtesy of her fifth inning home run, her third of the season.
Tech next hosts UTSA for a two-game series, weather permitting, on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. and on Wednesday afternoon, a 1 p.m. start time.