LUBBOCK (KCBD) – A year after failing to extend a 15-game win streak against Wichita State, No. 19 Texas Tech made sure the same thing did not happen two years in a row Sunday afternoon.
The Red Raiders (16-0), behind five solid innings from Brittany Talley, extended their season-opening win streak to 16 games, defeating the Shockers, 10-2, in the finale of the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic at Rocky Johnson Field.
Wichita State ended Tech's win streak a year ago with a 5-2 victory on March 6 in Lubbock.
Playing with winds gusting near 50 mph, Talley (5-0) was able to keep the ball low in the zone and collected four strikeouts in the complete game effort. The freshman allowed two runs off six hits in the game while walking one.
After a 1-1 tie through two innings, the Tech offense exploded with five runs in the third, beginning with a bases-loaded single off the wall in left field from Sandy James that scored Stephanie Drewry. Raven Richardson followed with a two-run single of her own.
Following an illegal pitch that scored James, Randi Tongate drove in the first of two RBIs in the game, plating Richardson with a sacrifice fly. Tongate added a solo home run in the fifth inning, her second long ball of the year.
Drewry and Cydney Allen both added RBIs for Tech in the fourth inning. Following Tongate's homer in the fifth, Emily Bledsoe ended the game with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to left field, allowing Ashley Hamada to score the winning run from third base.
Brianna Smet (1-5) took the loss for Wichita State (4-11) after going 2.1 innings and allowing six runs off six hits and two walks. Sloan Anderson also gave up four runs for the Shockers in two innings of relief.
Tech begins the back end of its 25-game homestand next weekend with the Red Raider Classic. The Red Raiders will face Howard and Dayton in the three-day round-robin format that begins Friday at Rocky Johnson Field.
· Prior to today's win, Tech's previous longest win streak was 15-straight games from Feb. 13-March 6 of last year. Tech snapped the streak in a 5-2 loss to Wichita State in the second tournament game of the day on March 6.
· The win also snapped the school's longest home winning streak which was previously 10-straight games set Feb. 19-March 6 of last year. Tech has now won 11-straight at Rocky Johnson Field.
· Mikey Kenney has now had at least one hit in 10-straight games for the Red Raiders. She extended her career-long hit streak with a 3-for-4 day the plate that included a run scored from the leadoff spot.
· Stephanie Drewry added a 2-for-3 day at the plate, scoring three runs while adding a RBI off a double in the fourth inning.
· Logan Hall was held without a RBI for the first time all weekend. The junior infielder still finished 16 RBIs during the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic after a 1-for-2 day at the plate that included a run scored and an intentional walk.
· Randi Tongate smashed her second home run in the season to start a one-out rally for the Red Raiders. Making her fourth start of the year behind the plate, Tongate finished 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored.
· With Tongate's home run, Tech has now had a home run in six of its last seven games. The Red Raiders were held homerless in last night's 8-0 victory over Northern Illinois.
· After 16 games played, Brittany Talley and Ashley Brokeshoulder share the team lead for wins after Talley earned the win today to improve to 5-0 on the year.
· Tech committed no errors in the game for the fourth time this season. The Red Raiders had previously been error-free against Appalachian State (Feb. 13), Bryant (Feb. 20, and St. John's (Feb. 26).