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Iowa State rallies twice to top Tech in series opener

From Texas Tech Athletics:

Iowa State scored five runs over the fifth and sixth innings to rally twice and defeat Texas Tech, 6-5, Friday afternoon in the series opener at the Cyclone Sports Complex.

"This was a disappointing loss for us today," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "I didn't't we competed very well at the plate or in the circle and that's how you get beat. We need to win this series and it starts with tomorrow's game."

The Red Raiders (27-21; 1-9) led by two runs heading in the fifth when back-to-back leadoff walks by Cara Custer ignited the first of two Iowa State (19-22; 4-6) rallies in the game. The Cyclones plated three runs in the frame as Brittany Gomez connected on a RBI double to center and then a Tech fielding error added two additional runs.

Mikey Kenney and Shelby Johnson helped put Tech back in the lead an inning later with back-to-back two out run-scoring hits as Kenney doubled to left center and Johnson singled to center field. Kenney scored Samantha Camello, who doubled to start the inning.

Iowa State rallied for the second-consecutive inning in the bottom half, though, as Lexi Slater connected on a two-run single that bounced over the head of Camello. Both runs came off Custer after she opened the frame by giving up a walk.

Custer (12-12) ended up taking the loss despite striking out a career-high 12 hitters in the game. The sophomore surrendered five runs, three of which were earned, off just three hits in six full innings but struggled with free passes as she surrendered four walks.

Tori Torrescano (10-9) picked up the win in a near complete-game effort as she gave up all five runs off eight hits and six strikeouts before giving way to Taylor Smith with two on and no outs in the seventh. Smith forced a 4-3 double play from Lexie Elkins and then picked up a close ground out from Camello for her second save of the year.

The Red Raiders actually out-hit the Cyclones, 8-5, in the game, marking the fourth time this season and just the eighth time under Hays where Tech lost despite leading in hits.

Adriana Perez gave the Red Raiders a 3-1 lead in the third with a two-run homer over the right-center fence. It was her team-leading 14th home run of the year and followed a pair of unearned runs by both teams over the first two innings.

The series continues with a 12 p.m. first pitch Saturday afternoon at the Cyclones Sports Complex.

 

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