Tech Softball grabs much needed win over Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (KCBD) – Brittany Talley kept Texas Tech in the game long enough to break open a scoreless game with a five-run seventh inning, propelling the Red Raiders to a 5-0 victory over No. 14 Nebraska Sunday afternoon at Bowlin Stadium.

The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Red Raiders, who broke the 40-win mark for only the second time in school history. Tech is now 40-12 overall and 5-11 in Big 12 play, while Nebraska dropped to 35-9 overall and 5-7 in conference.

"It wasn't a particularly pretty win, but we'll definitely take it," head coach Shanon Hays said. "I really challenged the team yesterday that this was almost a must-win game, something I hadn't done all season, and they really responded. We got a great effort from Brittany Talley in the circle and hopefully this will give us some momentum heading into the break."

Ashley Hamada and Raven Richardson jump-started the Tech offense in the seventh, delivering back-to-back bunt singles to load the bases with no outs following a leadoff walk to Cydney Allen. Randi Tongate came up right after to deliver a bloop single down the left field line, scoring pinch runner Kermitria Ward for the game's first run.

Nebraska starter Ashley Hagemann continued to struggle from there, plunking Holley Gentsch with a 2-2 pitch before Emily Bledsoe added another run off a RBI single to right field.

An error from Gabby Banda at shortstop kept the inning going for the Red Raiders, who would add their final run of the frame off a wild pitch from reliever Tatum Edwards. McKenzie Clemmons scored on the error from a Sandy James grounder.

Talley, meanwhile, was spotless all day.

The Huskers got two runners on in a three-inning stretch starting in the third, but Talley was able to get out of the jam each time. Nebraska finished the game with seven runners left on base.

Facing two runners on and no outs in the fifth, the freshman got three quick outs off only two pitches as Tatum Edwards popped up in foul territory and her twin sister Taylor Edwards grounded to Bledsoe, who stepped on the bag at third and got the final out on the throw to first.

Talley (14-5) gave up six hits in the game while walking two and striking out two others en route to her fifth shutout of the season and second during Big 12 play. She became the first Tech pitcher to shutout Nebraska on the road in school history.

A day after shutting down the Red Raiders, Hagemann (25-9) took the loss after surrendering three runs in the seventh. She gave up five hits in the game while striking out seven and walking three.

The Red Raiders will now take 12 days off due to spring finals. Tech closes the regular season May 13-14 in College Station, facing in-state rival Texas A&M in a two-game series.

Source: TTU

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