Red Raiders Fall to No. 20 Baylor, 9-2, in Game One of Three-Gam - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Red Raiders Fall to No. 20 Baylor, 9-2, in Game One of Three-Game Set

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LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 20 Baylor combined for five runs on three hits in the seventh to lock in a 9-2 victory over Texas Tech at Rocky Johnson Field Friday night.

"I thought some things didn't go the way we would have wanted them to tonight," head Texas Tech softball coach Adrian Gregory said. "We are competitive and we want to win, there is no doubt about that. We are going to come back tomorrow and we are going to have another quality game."

Baylor opened the scoring early with two runs on two hits in the first, including senior outfielder Lindsey Hays' 12th homer of the season.

The Red Raiders responded in the home half of the inning as freshman Jessica Hartwell blasted a homer off the Red Raider scoreboard to bring the score to 2-1 heading to the second inning.

The 20th- ranked Bears added two more runs on three hits in the third, before Texas Tech brought the score to 4-2 with freshman Karli Hamilton's seventh homer of the season.

"Hartwell has felt really good for a while and Hamilton has really swung the bat well," added Gregory. "We have to find a way to get the front of our lineup on the bases and we will continue to swing hard and have quality at-bats at the plate."

The two homeruns hit in Friday's game marked the fourth straight multi-homerun game for the Red Raiders, and represented the 11th and 12th homeruns for the Red Raiders in the past week.

After three scoreless frames, the Bears blew the game open with a five-run seventh to close out Baylor's 11th conference win of the season.

Friday's loss marked the seventh straight loss for the Red Raiders against Baylor and dropped Tech to 38-12 all-time against the Bears.

The Red Raiders will be back in action for game two of the three-game series Saturday afternoon. First pitch for game two is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT at Rocky Johnson Field. The Series will conclude Sunday as the Red Raiders will play in their final home game of the 2016 season at noon CT. Texas Tech will honor the three seniors on the 2016 roster on senior day on Sunday afternoon. Fans can follow all of the action from the 2016 softball season by following @TTUSB on Twitter.

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