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Tech Softball takes game one against Bryant

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From the Texas Tech Athletics Department:

Junior college transfer earns second win of the year in 10-2 victory

 LUBBOCK, Texas – Kelsey Dennis retired the final 14 hitters en route to a one-hit complete game as No. 21 Texas Tech topped Bryant, 10-2, Friday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader at Rocky Johnson Field.

With a game still scheduled against Bryant in the day's finale, the Red Raiders moved to 8-0 early in the year, continuing the best start in school history.

Most of Tech's success early in the game came from Dennis' play in the circle. She issued a walk to leadoff hitter Lauren Guy and gave up two runs in the first inning, only one of which was earned, but settled down to start the second. She sat down the Wolverines in order over the final four innings.

Dennis finished with five strikeouts in the game as the only hit against her came off a Laura Bowen single in the first inning. Tech had not previously had a one-hit performance since Ashly Jacobs did so last year against UC Davis in the NCAA Regional at Stanford. Jacobs went the full seven innings in the outing.

While Dennis was effective in the circle, Tech's top of the lineup found ways to get on base. Mikey Kenney and McKenzie Clemmons both finished 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI, while Logan Hall added a 2-for-2 performance with two RBIs of her own.

Sandy James and Ashley Hamada were both 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs. Hamada also added two runs scored in the game.

Tech used a five-run fifth inning to end the game via the mercy rule. Hall drove in both of her RBIs in the inning off a two-run single to left field, while Hamada, Kenney, and Clemmons all added RBIs to close out the win for Tech.

Brittany Hart earned the loss for Bryant, going four innings, while allowing 11 hits and eight runs, seven of which were earned. Bryant (1-3) fell in the day's opening game to Utah Valley, 7-6.

GAME NOTES

 ·         Tech's top two hitters in the lineup, Mikey Kenney and McKenzie Clemmons, combined to go 6-for-8 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBIs. Clemmons was making her first start of the year in left field.

 ·         After a rough day at the plate on Friday, Cydney Allen rebounded at the plate with a 2-for-3 day with a run scored and an RBI.

 ·         Logan Hall continued her success from Friday as the junior notched a 2-for-2 day at the plate with two RBI. Through three games of the tournament, Hall has six total RBIs.

 ·         Kelsey Dennis' five innings pitched was her longest outing of the year. She previously went three innings against Bradley a week ago before failing to get an out against Appalachian State two days later. Her performance cut her earned-run average in half as it currently stands at 3.50.

 ·         Seven of Tech's nine starting position players had at least one hit in the game with four ending with more than one hit.

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