LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 5 Texas connected on seven home runs, including five in the first three innings, to rout Texas Tech, 15-2, Friday evening in the series opener at Rocky Johnson Field.
The loss marked Tech's third straight as the Red Raiders drop to 39-10 overall and 4-9 in Big 12 play. Texas, on the other hand, improves to 40-4 on the year and remains perfect in conference play at 10-0.
"It's pretty simple tonight, we pitched it and they hit it," Tech head coach Shannon Hays said. "We didn't have any errors, and I thought we had a pretty good approach at the plate against a good pitcher, but it was one of those days were we caught a lot of the plate and they caught a lot of the ball. We're going to have to have a short memory and get ready to go tomorrow."
The Texas offense teed off on Tech starter Kelsey Dennis from the beginning as Taylor Thorn and Amy Hooks hit back-to-back home runs to give the Longhorns an early 3-0 lead in the first. Hooks added another dinger to lead off the third inning.
Logan Hall cut in to the Texas lead in the bottom of the inning, driving in Emily Bledsoe from third on a RBI single to left. Bledsoe led off the game with a first-pitch double off the left field wall.
Tech reliever Ashley Brokeshoulder fared no better against the Horns, either, as Taylor Houagland hit a three-run home run in the second as part of a five RBI game for the leadoff hitter.
The Longhorns added three more runs in the third, while Torie Schmidt knocked a RBI single in the fourth to give UT a 10-1 lead.
Sandy James drove in Tech's final run in the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer to left. The home run was James' team-leading 15th of the season, which also matches the Tech single-season record.
Texas scored five more runs in the fifth to end the game via run rule, the first Big 12 game to end in five innings under Hays in his two seasons.
Tech finished with four hits in the game as Luna (23-2) struck out seven hitters while not allowing any walks. Luna entered the weekend with the second-lowest earned-run average in the conference while the Texas pitching staff as a whole had the lowest ERA in the nation.
Dennis (12-3) took the loss for the Red Raiders as she went two full innings, giving up six hits and four runs, three of which were earned.
The two teams will wrap the series Saturday morning as first pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Rocky Johnson Field.