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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Texas Tech scored four runs in the first and then three more in the fifth to push past Idaho State, 8-4, Saturday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park.
The win was Tech's (4-4) third-straight and keeps the Red Raiders undefeated on the weekend heading into its final game of the day against Portland State.
The Red Raiders got started early as Mikey Kenney took a 2-0 pitch deep over the fence in left for the leadoff home run. It was Kenney's second home run of the season and the first time she had lead off a game with a dinger.
Melisa Ryba helped Tech add to its inning a few batters later as she hit a hard ground ball that was misplaced by second baseman Becky Simonsen, allowing Sandy James to score from second. James had previously singled with one out in the inning and then moved to second when Adriana Perez was plunked by a pitch.
Holley Gentsch continued the Tech scoring later in the frame, blooping an outside pitch just inside the line in right field, scoring Ryba and Meredith Heath, who was running for Perez.
The Bengals (2-7) cut into Tech's lead in the third, breaking up starter Chandler Moore's shutout bid after Halley Breakwell singled in Amanda Fitzsimmons. Vicky Galasso made it a one-run game moments later with a three-run blast to left center that brought in Kelsey Dennis from the bullpen.
Dennis (1-0) settled down the Bengel bats from there, though, as she allowed just three hits over the final 4.1 innings, earning her first win of the season.
The Red Raiders added a few insurance runs in the fifth as Raven Richardson doubled to deep center field, bringing around Ashley Hamada who was running for Perez after a leadoff walk.
Richardson scored later as Logan Hall grounded out to the mound and Richardson aggressively made the move home after the throw to first. Emily Bledsoe provided Tech's final RBI as she was hit by a 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded bringing in Gentsch.
Fitzsimmons (2-2) took the loss for Idaho State after giving up the first five runs, two of which were earned, over the first two innings. Kelsi Ott and Christina Rayner came on in relief for the Bengals as well.