AMES, Iowa (KCBD) – Sandy James tied the Texas Tech school record with eight RBIs as the 24th-ranked Red Raiders completed the series sweep of Iowa State Sunday with a 16-5 victory at the Southwest Athletic Complex.
James, who was 4-for-4 at the plate with a walk, crushed a two-out grand slam in the second inning to break a 2-2 tie and followed later with a two-run double in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh. Her record day ties the single-game record held by teammate Emily Bledsoe and Amanda Douglass.
Her performance helped Tech break the school record for most runs in a Big 12 game for the second-straight day. The Red Raiders plated 15 runs on Saturday to break the previous record. Tech's 31 runs over the weekend also broke the school record for a league series.
The series sweep should give Tech some momentum heading into its midweek doubleheader against Kansas of Wednesday. The Red Raiders improve to 38-6 overall and 3-5 in Big 12 play, while Iowa State drops to .500 on the year at 17-17 and 1-5 in league play.
"I was really impressed with how our team battled back and got a couple key wins on the road this weekend," head coach Shanon Hays said. "Sandy James had an outstanding weekend at the plate and we received key hits from almost everyone it seemed. That's the way I think we can hit the ball every game."
After James' grand slam in the second, Cydney Allen extended Tech's lead to 9-2 with her three-run homer in the fourth. Allen brought in Bledsoe and Mikey Kenney on her 12th home run of the season.
Logan Hall also added three RBIs for Tech as she finished 3-for-5 at the plate. Emily Bledsoe added Tech's only other RBI off a 2-for-5 performance, while Kenney scored a school-record five runs after a 2-for-3 day at the plate.
The Cyclones, meanwhile, used a two-run home run from Erica Miller in the first inning to stay in the game early, but Iowa State would not score off Tech starter Brittany Talley (12-3) again until the fifth.
Dalyn Varela hit a two-run homer that barely escaped the centerfield fence to pull the Cyclones to a 9-4 deficit in the fifth. Tech responded, however, with three runs in the sixth and another four runs in the seventh to keep the Cyclones out of contention.
Talley earned the win after pitching 6.1 innings where she allowed three runs off six hits while striking out three batters. Kermitria Ward pitched two-thirds of an inning of relief before Talley re-entered the game.
Rachel Zabriskie (11-11) took the loss for the second-straight day after giving up nine runs, only seven of which were earned, in 3.1 innings of work.
Tech will look to continue its winning streak Wednesday afternoon against Kansas. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Rocky Johnson Field.
· The win marked Tech's seventh in the last nine games against Iowa State. The Red Raiders now lead the series 19-13 all-time.
· Tech's 16 runs snapped the school record of 15 set Saturday for the most runs in a Big 12 game.
· Tech scored 31 runs in the two-game series, its most in a conference series in school history.
· The Red Raiders are now 27-1 this year when scoring in the first inning. Tech is also now 29-2 when scoring before its opponent.
· Sandy James' grand slam in the second inning was her team-leading 14th homer of the season, moving the sophomore one shy of the single-season record held by teammate Mikey Kenney (2010) and Kim Martinez (1997). It marked James' second grand slam this year and the fifth for the Red Raiders as a team.
· James' eight RBIs in the game tied the school record set by Emily Bledsoe and Amanda Douglas, who originally set the mark on March 12, 2003 against New Mexico State. Bledsoe matched the record last year on March 7 against Boise State.
· Emily Bledsoe's leadoff single in the first moved her reached base mark to 43 games. She finished the game 2-for-5 at the plate with two runs score and a RBI.
· Cydney Allen's three-run homer in the fourth inning was her 12th of the season and first since hitting a go-ahead grand slam against Jacksonville on March 18.
· Mikey Kenney came across to score five times in the game, breaking the previous school record of four. Stephanie Drewry was the most-previous Tech player to match the record, doing so on Feb. 27, 2009 against South Florida.