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LUBBOCK, Texas – Kansas right-hander Kelsey Kessler held Texas Tech to just four hits in a complete-game shutout Saturday afternoon as the Jayhawks clinched the series with a 3-0 victory at Rocky Johnson Field.
The loss extended Tech's season-long losing streak to four-straight heading into Sunday's series finale as the Jayhawks (23-10; 2-3) won the series opener, 4-3, Friday evening.
"We're kind of in a slump offensively right now and we got to work to get out of that," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "Credit Kansas' pitcher, she threw well and we really didn't make the adjustments we needed to. This weekend obviously hasn't come out like we hoped for but all we can do now is look to salvage the series tomorrow."
The Red Raiders (27-16; 1-4) stranded eight runners in the game, including the bases loaded in the opening inning. Tech put a runner in scoring position in each of the first four innings before Kessler (6-3) retired the final 10 hitters in order to close the game.
Similar to the series opener, the Jayhawks got on the board early as Chanin Naudin and Chaley Brickey connected on back-to-back solo home runs in the second inning.
It was Naudin's second home run of the series as she also connected on a solo shot Friday that amounted to the game-winning run. Brickey's home run was her first of the season.
Both long balls came off reliever Gretchen Aucoin (5-2), who took the loss after lasting just one-third of an inning. She and starter Brittany Talley tag-teamed the first couple innings as Tech used the righty-lefty combination to pitch to matchups.
Talley tossed three full innings in the circle where she allowed just one hit in that span. Cara Custer threw the final 3.2 innings, giving up a run in the sixth off four hits and two walks.
The Red Raiders will look to salvage the series Sunday afternoon with a 12 p.m. first pitch at Rocky Johnson Field.