Provided by Texas Tech Athletics
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Texas Tech won its eighth-straight game Saturday as the Red Raiders completed a sweep of Manhattan with a 7-2 victory at Ivy Hill Park.
The Red Raiders (25-7), who defeated the Jaspers, 13-2, earlier in the day, will await the winner of this afternoon's Seton Hall and Manhattan game to determine who Tech will face in Sunday's tournament championship game.
After having little difficulty getting by Manhattan (1-13) during the morning game, Tech once again took an early lead thanks to a two-run first that included a RBI single from Raven Richardson.
The Red Raiders put a run across in each of the next three innings before Manhattan starter Kelsi Redding was able to work around a leadoff double in the fifth to get out of the frame.
Taylor Powell got Tech back on the board an inning later as she lifted her second home run of the season deep over the fence in left. The two-run shot, Powell's fourth homer of her career, marked her first dinger since facing North Texas on Feb. 25.
Besides Powell's home run, Tech primarily used small ball and its speed to frustrate the Jaspers as the Red Raiders finished with seven stolen bases, one shy of the school's single-game record.
Mikey Kenney finished with four of those stolen bases, tying the individual record that had occurred only twice before in school history. Ashley Parker was the most-recent Tech player to swipe four bags in a game as she did so against Northern Colorado on March 12, 2006.
Kenney finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk, combining with Melisa Ryba for four of Tech's seven total hits. Ryba came off the bench for the second-straight day to go 2-for-2 with a RBI and run scored.
Both of Manhattan's runs came unearned to the Tech pitching staff as the Jaspers took advantage of a season-high four errors by the Red Raiders. Tech came into the game error-free in five of its last six contests.
Ashley Brokeshoulder (2-0) picked up the win for Tech after allowing one unearned run over the first five innings. Chandler Moore and Kermitria Ward each provided an inning of relief.
Redding (0-6) took the loss as she gave up seven runs (four earned) off eight hits. She also walked eight Red Raider batters, the most for a Tech opponent this season.
The Red Raiders will be going for their 15th-straight victory over a non-conference opponent during Sunday morning's championship game. Due to Tech's travel commitments, the game is scheduled for a 9 a.m. (CT) first pitch.
THE MANHATTAN SERIES
• Today's two games marked the first all-time between Texas Tech and Manhattan.
• Manhattan became the sixth first-time opponent for Tech this year, joining Idaho State, Binghamton, Stony Brook, Monmouth, and Seton Hall.
TEXAS TECH TEAM NOTES
• The two wins marked Tech's 14th-straight over a non-conference opponent, its longest streak this year and longest since opening the 2011 season with 24-straight wins.
• Tech's run-rule of Manhattan in the first game marked its second game ended after five innings. It was also the fourth time Tech had run-ruled an opponent this year.
• The Red Raiders committed a season-high four errors in the second game, Tech's most since also posting four against Alcorn State on March 12 last year.
• Texas Tech swiped seven bases in the second game, falling one shy of the team school record that was set March 17, 2001 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
• The Red Raiders drew a season-high eight walks in the second game. Tech's previous high was seven on Feb. 24 against UTEP.
• After troubling teams mainly with the long ball this year, Kenney used her speed to swipe a career-high four bases in the game.
• The four stolen bases tie the Tech individual school history that had been previously accomplished twice with Ashley Parker being the most-recent player to do so against Northern Colorado on March 12, 2006.
• Kenney is now 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts this season, which should move her among the Big 12 leaders.
• The junior finished 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk, marking her seventh multiple-hit game of the year and her fourth in Tech's last seven games.
• Bledsoe went 3-for-4 in the opening game, marking her fifth multiple-hit game this year and her third this week alone.
• She nailed doubles in each of her first two at-bats, giving her six on the season and 44 for her career.
• The senior is just four doubles shy of entering the top 10 in Big 12 history. Lisa Carey of Oklahoma holds the conference record of 56 from 1998-2001.
• Raven Richardson went 2-for-2 with a walk in the first game, marking her sixth multiple-hit game of the year.
• It was her fourth multiple-hit game in Tech's eight games this week alone.
• She has now had a hit in five-straight games.
• Hall went 2-for-3 in the first game with three runs scored, marking her sixth multiple-hit game this year.
• Her three runs scored mark a season high and match her career high that was last set against Alcorn State on March 13 last year.
• Ryba continues to shine since returning to the diamond this weekend as she went 2-for-2 at the plate with a RBI and run scored.
• It marked her fourth multiple-hit game of the year and first since going 2-for-4 against Cal Poly on Feb. 11, Tech's fifth game of the year.
• Perez extended her hitting streak to nine-straight games after a 1-for-3 performance in the first game and 1-for-3 showing in the finale.
• Perez brought in two RBI in the Saturday opener, her sixth multiple-RBI game this year.
• Brokeshoulder made her first start of the season and only her second appearance in the circle.
• The junior picked up her second win of the year, making her 2-0 in appearances this year.
• Her 5.0 innings pitched were her most since also throwing 5.0 March 11 last year against Alcorn State.
• Moore came in relief during both games, giving her six appearances now on the year.
• It was her first appearance since going one inning of relief against UT-Arlington on March 4.
• Her 2.0 innings pitched to close the first game were two outs shy of her season high of 2.2 against Idaho State on Feb. 18 in Las Vegas.
• Ward made just her second appearance in the circle this year as she pitched the final inning of the second game. Her only other appearance came Feb. 10 against Northwestern.
• Ward also had one of Tech's seven stolen bases in the second game, giving her nine for the year which entering this week ranked among the Big 12 leaders.
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Manhattan 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 4 2
Manhattan 2 1 1 1 0 2 X 7 8 4
WP – Brokeshoulder (2-0) LP - Romero (0-2) SV – None