Provided by Texas Tech Athletics
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Texas Tech used a six-run sixth inning and solid pitching from Brittany Talley to top Ohio State, 7-4, Friday afternoon in the opener of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak by the Red Raiders (2-4), who had only scored one run over the last three games.
If the first four innings were any indicator, the game seemed destined for a pitchers' duel as Talley and Ohio State starter Mikayla Endicott combined to allow just three hits over the first four frames.
Raven Richardson changed that with a two-out solo home run to left center in the fifth that was her first of the season. The dinger was only Tech's second hit of the game as Adriana Perez broke up the no-hitter bid with a two-out fourth-inning single.
The Buckeyes came back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning, though, as Alicia Herron drove in the first of four RBI in the game with a two-out single to right field off reliever Cara Custer.
The run, which was charged to Talley, broke up a solid pitching performance for Tech. Talley gave up only four hits and struck out two over the first 4.2 innings in the no decision.
The tie wouldn't last long, though, as Tech plated four runs before the Buckeyes (2-4) could even make an out in the sixth.
Emily Bledsoe led off the frame with a single to right and Sandy James followed with a hard ground ball to short that was misplaced by Alicia Herron, the first of three Ohio State errors in the inning.
After a successful Perez bunt where all the runners were safe, Taylor Powell was plunked by a 1-2 pitch that brought in Bledsoe and gave the Red Raiders the lead again.
Following another Ohio State error that brought in pinch runner Emily Cooper, Holley Gentsch broke the game open, driving a hard ground ball just past the second baseman, scoring two on the play that ended Endicott's day.
Mikey Kenney added Tech's final two runs as she drove a one-out single up the middle, plating both Gentsch and Raven Richardson, who had previously walked.
Ohio State added three more runs in the seventh off Custer (2-3) thanks to a three-run homer from Herron with two outs in the inning.
Endicott (0-3) took the loss for Ohio State after giving up all seven runs, three of which were earned, off five hits and three walks. She also struck out three over 5.0 innings.
The Red Raiders return to the diamond later this afternoon to face Long Beach State at 5:45 p.m. (CT).