TEMPE, Ariz. (KCBD) – Emily Bledsoe hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to send Texas Tech to a 10-9 come-from-behind victory over Appalachian State Sunday morning in the finale of the ASU Kajikawa Tournament.
With Tech trailing 9-7 heading into its final at-bat, Ashley Hamada got the Tech lineup going with a one-out single that was immediately followed by a Mikey Kenney double to the gap in right center field. Following a Stephanie Drewry sacrifice fly to score Hamada, Bledsoe delivered a long fly ball over the right field fence, moving Tech to 5-0 on the year.
The Red Raiders, playing as the home team, trailed had trailed the entire previously as Appalachian State scored two runs in the first inning off Tech illegal pitches. The Mountaineers added four runs in the second to lead 6-1 early. Bledsoe drove in Kinney off an RBI double in the first for Tech's first run.
Drewry helped Tech chip away at the lead in the second, taking 3-2 pitch the other way to score three runs off a line drive past the third baseman for a double. The junior finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a career-high 5 RBI.
Logan Hall and Drewry each added RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, while Sandy James knocked a solo home run in the sixth as Tech continued to break into Appalachian State's lead.
Appalachian State had three home runs in the game with Sarah Rappe hitting a three-run shot in the second and Allie Cashion and Hannah Dow each adding solo dingers in the third and seventh inning respectively.
Ashley Brokeshoulder earned the win for Tech, pitching the final two outs of the seventh to move to 1-0 on the year. She relieved Kermitria Ward who went 4.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out eight batters.
The Red Raiders begin a 25-game homestand next Friday with the start of the Texas Tech Invitational. Tech will face Bradley and Utah Valley State in the three-day round robin format.
· The win continues Tech's (5-0) best start to a season in school history. The Red Raiders surpassed the school record Saturday with their win over Indiana to move to 4-0.
· Tech's 17 hits were the most in a game so far this season. The Red Raiders' previous high was 11 two days earlier against Bradley.
· Cydney Allen had her fourth multiple-hit game of the tournament. The junior had at least a hit in every game and finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate.
· Emily Bledsoe finished the game 3-for-5 at the plate with 3 RBI and three runs scored. The junior's home run in the seventh inning was her first of the season.
· Logan Hall and Sandy James each added two hits and an RBI in the game. Hall finished 2-for-4 at the plate while James went 2-for-3 with her RBI coming off a solo home run in the sixth inning.
· Ashley Hamada also added a nice day for Tech, going 3-for-4 at the plate and scoring three runs. Her three hits matched her career high.