Provided by Texas Tech Athletics
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – No. 18 Tulsa erased a one-run deficit with a Samantha Cobb two-run double in the third and then added three more runs an inning later to down Texas Tech, 5-1, Friday afternoon at Eller Media Stadium.
Faced with a four-run deficit, the Red Raiders (25-10) could not rally against Tulsa (24-5) starter Aimee Creger, who struck out 11 in the complete-game victory. Her 11 strikeouts were the second-most by a Tech opponent this year.
The Red Raiders scored their only run off Creger (13-1) in the first as Sandy James belted a two-out double to the gap in left center. She scored Mikey Kenney, who had opened the frame with a 12-pitch walk.
Creger frustrated the Red Raiders from there, though, as Tech stranded a runner on second base over the next two frames and then two in both the fifth and seventh innings. The Red Raiders finished with nine total runners left on base.
Tulsa kept the pressure on Tech starter Cara Custer in the fourth as the Golden Hurricane quickly loaded the bases with one out, forcing Tech to turn to reliever Brittany Talley. Tulsa plated all three runners off RBI from Caitlin Everett and Jill Barrett along with an illegal pitch charged to Talley.
Custer (10-4) earned the loss after allowing all five runs, three of which were earned, off five hits in 3.1 innings. Talley tossed 2.2 innings of shutout relief before Ashley Brokeshoulder entered to pitch the seventh inning.
Errors plagued the Red Raiders early as both runs in the third came unearned after back-to-back miscues to start the inning. Tech also had an error in the second as well en route to finishing with three in the game.
Taylor Powell led Tech at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance that marked her seventh multiple-hit game this season.
The Red Raiders close the first day of the Rebel Classic against host UNLV later tonight in a scheduled 8:30 p.m. CT first pitch.