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Texas Tech Sweeps Doubleheader at North Texas Wednesday

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DENTON, Texas – Texas Tech softball picked up a pair of wins in their doubleheader against North Texas Wednesday afternoon at Lovelace Stadium. Tech won game one, 8-5, before topping the Mean Green, 4-2 in game two to improve to 23-26 on the season.

The Red Raiders jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the top of the first after combining for four hits, including two homeruns, in the first inning of play Wednesday. Junior Kierra Miles opened the Texas Tech onslaught with a three-run homerun to right center giving Tech a 3-0 advantage. The Red Raiders would add two more in the first on a Susan Welborn two-run shot to right center to give the Red Raiders their second multi homerun inning in the month of April.

"I think this weekend against Iowa State we loosened up a little," head Texas Tech softball coach Adrian Gregory said. "Clearly today we were loose and we are just getting back to having our kids trust their instincts. It was huge and much needed for us at this point in the season."

Miles' homer in the first marked her 16th homer of the season, tying her with Sandy James (2011) for the most homeruns hit by a Red Raider in a single season.

The Red Raiders added another run in the second and third to send the game to the fourth with Tech leading North Texas, 7-0.

The Mean Green plated their first run of the game in the bottom of the third, and then added three more in the fourth.

Working with a, 7-4 advantage, the Red Raiders added another run in the sixth before closing out the 8-5 win in the bottom of the seventh.

Mattison Maisel (7-9) claimed her seventh win in game one in complete-game fashion. The junior allowed just five runs, four earned, on nine hits in seven innings of work.

"She (Maisel) was tired heading back out into the seventh," Gregory said. "But she was still hitting her spots and mixing her speeds well. I can't say enough about her and what she is producing for us throughout this season."

Following the game one victory, the Red Raiders found themselves in an early 2-0 hole as the Mean Green put up two runs on a hit and an error in the second inning of game two.

After four scoreless innings, the Red Raiders strung together three hits in the fifth to score four runs and take the lead for good. In the inning, senior Brooke Scott hit her third homerun of the season to secure the victory.

Freshman Annaliese Oswalt made her first collegiate start in the circle for the Red Raiders in game two of Wednesday's doubleheader. The Flower Mound, Texas, native threw six and one third innings and gave up only two runs on four hits.

"The mentality of that kid, who has thrown in practices, but not a game is just incredible," said Gregory. "To go in there and, for a while, have a one hitter just showed what a great mindset she has for such a young kid."

With the wins, the Red Raiders improved to 23-26 on the season, including a 5-16 record in road contests. The pair of wins moved Texas Tech to 7-4 all-time against the Mean Green with the Red Riders controlling a 4-1 advantage when playing in Denton.

Texas Tech will be back in action on Friday night as the Red Raiders will welcome No. 20 Baylor to Rocky Johnson Field for game one of a three-game series against the Bears. First pitch in Friday's game is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT. while game two is slated for Saturday at 4 p.m. The Series will conclude with the Red Raiders' last home appearance in the 2016 season Sunday at noon. Fans can follow all of the action from the 2016 softball season by following @TTUSB on Twitter.

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