LUBBOCK (KCBD) – Already off to the best start in school history, No. 19 Texas Tech added one more early-season accolade Saturday night.
The Red Raiders won their 15th-straight game, defeating Northern Illinois, 8-0, at Rocky Johnson Field, all in the while matching the longest win streak in school history.
After scoring 19 runs against St. John's earlier in the day, Tech (15-0) got off to a fast start against the Huskies, scoring four runs in the first thanks to a Cydney Allen RBI single to left field and a two-run double by Sandy James.
Tech added to its lead in the second, beginning with a two-base throwing error on catcher Stephanie Tofft that allowed McKenzie Clemmons to reach home after the throw to catch her stealing second bounced of her foot and into left field.
Following seven RBIs earlier against St. John's, Logan Hall drove in another runner with a single up the middle to score Emily Bledsoe, giving Tech an early 6-0 lead. Hall now has 16 total RBIs in the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic, equaling her season total entering the weekend.
Mikey Kenney had a two-run double down the right field line in the fourth to continue Tech's hot-hitting at the plate. The double was her eighth of the season which leads the Big 12.
The offense was all pitcher Kelsey Dennis would need. The southpaw worked out of a couple jams but finished with five shutout innings to improve to 3-0 on the year.
Nicole Germillion (0-1) earned the loss for the Huskies (2-7) after lasting two innings and allowing six runs, only one of which was earned. Whitney Owens pitched two innings of relief, giving up two earned runs as well.
The Red Raiders will get a chance to extend their win streak Sunday afternoon when Tech closes the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic against Wichita State. First pitch is scheduled for noon at Rocky Johnson Field.
• The win guarantees Texas Tech the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic title as the Red Raiders sit 4-0 on the weekend, while Northern Illinois is 2-2 and Wichita State and St. John's are both 1-3 overall.
• Prior to tonight's win, Tech's previous longest win streak was 15-straight games from Feb. 13-March 14 of last year. Tech snapped the streak in a 5-2 loss to Wichita State, Sunday's opponent.
• Tech also matched the longest home winning streak in school history of 10 games. The record was set during the Red Raiders' 15-game win streak last year.
• The Red Raiders have now ended the last seven of nine games by run rule. Tech went the full seven innings against St. John's Friday night and against Utah Valley on Feb. 19.
• With no home runs in the game, Tech snapped a five-game streak with at least one home run in a game. The Red Raiders crushed four dingers in their earlier game against St. John's.
• Logan Hall picked up her 16th RBI of the weekend after a single in the second scored Emily Bledsoe. She has had at least one RBI in Tech's last five games. Her 16 RBIs match her season total coming into the tournament as well.
• Raven Richardson saw her career-high 10-game hit streak come to an end as the junior infielder went 0-for-2 at the plate with a walk.
• Kelsey Dennis threw her first career shutout in a Red Raider uniform. The southpaw went five shutout innings, giving up six hits while striking out one.