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AMES, Iowa – Texas Tech exploded for five runs in both the fifth and sixth innings en route to run-ruling Iowa State, 15-5, in the series finale Sunday afternoon at the Cyclone Sports Complex.
The series victory marked the first for Tech (29-22; 3-9) during Big 12 play. The win also guaranteed the Red Raiders a winning record for the fourth-consecutive season, continuing the longest streak in school history.
"This is the type of effort we've been looking for at the plate," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "We told the team after Friday that we had to win this series, and I was proud of how we came back these last two days. Now, we need to take this momentum into Texas next weekend."
Gretchen Aucoin led the Red Raiders both at the plate and in the circle as the freshman went 3-for-3 with a career-high three RBI and three runs scored. She broke up a one-run game in the fourth with her first career home run – a two-run shot that went over the wall in left center.
Aucoin (6-2), who also added a RBI single in the fifth, earned the win in the circle as well after allowing all of Iowa State's five runs over 4.1 innings before Cara Custer closed out the final 1.2 innings.
Mikey Kenney also added four RBI for the Red Raiders thanks to a pair of two-out, two-run singles in both the fifth and sixth innings. Kenney was a catalyst for Tech in both innings as the Red Raider led just, 5-2, heading into the frame.
Sydnie Tapia and Shelby Johnson also recorded two RBI as well with Tapia had an infield single in the fifth then drew a bases-loaded walk an inning later. Johnson doubled to score Samantha Camello in the fourth then beat out a bases-loaded infield single in the sixth.
The Red Raiders' 15 runs marked their most during Big 12 play this year and their most since also plating 15 against Troy on March 11 to close the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic.
Iowa State (19-24; 4-8) starter Tori Torrescano (10-10) allowed the first five runs to take the loss. She was relieved with two outs in the fourth as the Cyclones used a total of four pitchers in the game.
The Red Raiders return to Rocky Johnson Field next weekend for a three-game series against No. 6 Texas. The series begins with a 6 p.m. first pitch Friday evening.