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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech broke open a 2-2 tie with seven runs in the third en route to a 9-4 victory over No. 23 New Mexico Monday morning in the first game of a doubleheader at Rocky Johnson Field.
The win was the first for Tech (18-7) over a ranked opponent this season and the first since beating No. 14 Oklahoma, 5-0, on April 1 last year.
Logan Hall opened the scoring for Tech in the third, sending a double to the gap in right center to bring in Emily Bledsoe and Sandy James. Bledsoe singled to right to start the inning while James followed with a four-pitch walk.
Raven Richardson immediately followed with the second of four hits in the game as she singled up the middle to score Hall from second. Richardson finished 4-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBI as she also homored to lead off the second inning.
After Tech loaded the bases with back-to-back singles from Holley Gentsch and Katelyn Williams, Cydney Allen put the game out of reach with a pinch hit home run to right field. The homer was Allen's first of the season and the first for a Tech pinch hitter this year as well.
Tech's big inning marked the third time this year the Red Raiders had scored seven or more runs in an inning dating back to the 10 runs scored in the eighth against North Texas (Feb. 24) and the seven-run fifth against Utah State (Feb. 19).
The Red Raiders opened with an early lead thanks to an Adriana Perez two-out double in the first that brought in James from second after she doubled a few pitches prior.
The Lobos (17-4) answered with two runs in the second thanks to a Jordyn Bledsoe single up the middle that scored Chelsea Anaya and Jessica Lujan-Dresslar.
New Mexico left the bases loaded in both the fourth and fifth innings before pushing two more runs across in the sixth off Tech starter Cara Custer. The Lobos finished with 10 runners left on base, the most for a Tech opponent this season.
Custer (11-5) picked up the win after giving up all four runs off eight hits in a complete game effort, her team-leading ninth of the season. She also struck out a season-high eight batters while walking two and plunking three more.
Carrie Sheehan (6-2) took the loss for the Lobos as she gave up all nine runs off 11 hits in 2.1 innings. Kari Gutierrez came in to provide 3.2 shutout innings of relief.
Tech's 15 hits in the game marked a season high, surpassing the previous mark of 14 set against UT-Arlington on March 3.
THE NEW MEXICO SERIES
• The win improved Texas Tech to 17-16 all-time over New Mexico as the Red Raiders have now won three-straight against the Lobos.
• Tech is also now 7-2 when facing the Lobos in Lubbock. The Red Raiders have now won four of the last five games in Lubbock.
• With the win, the Red Raiders are now 31-15 all-time against current members of the Mountain West Conference. Tech improved to 2-0 against Mountain West teams this year.
• The game marked the first time Tech has faced a ranked New Mexico squad.
TEXAS TECH AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
• The win marked Tech's first over a ranked opponent this season as the Red Raiders are now 1-4 on the year.
• The win was Tech's first over a ranked team since defeating No. 14 Oklahoma, 5-0, on April 1 last year in Lubbock.
• Tech is now 4-2 against ranked non-conference opponents under third-year head coach Shanon Hays.
• Red Raiders improved to 10-27 against all ranked opponents under Hays.
• The series marks the first time Tech has hosted a non-conference ranked opponent since facing No. 2 Arizona, on March 9, 2003 during the Red Raider Classic.
TEXAS TECH TEAM NOTES
• Texas Tech set a new season high with 15 hits in the game, surpassing its previous mark of 14 set against UT-Arlington on March 3 during the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic.
• New Mexico's four runs in the game were the most for a non-conference opponent since Idaho State scored four on Feb. 18 in Las Vegas.
• The Red Raiders are now 9-2 on the year when scoring in the first inning and 17-2 when scoring first.
• Tech hits two home runs in the game for the seventh time this season. The Red Raiders are 7-0 in those games.
• Mikey Kenney was Tech's only position starter to not register a hit in the game as she went 0-for-4 at the plate.
• Richardson became the second player this year to total four hits in a game, joining Sandy James after she went 4-for-4 at the plate.
• Her four hits also marked a career high, surpassing her previous mark of three set twice over her previous two seasons, most recently against New Mexico State on May 21 last year.
• Richardson unloaded her third home run on the season as well, her first since hitting a three-run shot against Texas State on Feb. 24.
• It was her third multiple-hit game of the season and second multiple-RBI outing this year.
• Allen connected on her first home run since hitting a solo shot at Oklahoma State on April 17 last year.
• Her home run was the first for a Tech pinch hitter this year.
• The three-RBI performance marked her second multiple-RBI game of the season and 19th of her career.
• Perez finished 2-for-4 at the plate for her team-leading eighth multiple-hit game of the year.
• Hall also went 2-for-4 at the plate for her fifth multiple-hit game of the year.
• The senior also drove in a pair of runs for her second multiple-RBI game of the season.
• Both of her RBI came off a third-inning double that was her Big 12-leading seventh of the season.
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#23 New Mexico 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 8 0
Texas Tech 1 1 7 0 0 0 X 9 15 1
WP – Custer (11-5) LP - Sheehan (6-2) SV – None