LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech softball scored early and often racking up 10 hits and three home runs en route to a 9-3 win over Kansas Sunday afternoon in front a season-high 807 fans at Rocky Johnson Field.
The Red Raiders (17-20, 4-5) plated runs in five of six innings Sunday, scoring three in the first and third innings and a run in the second, fifth and sixth frames. The win snaps a six-game losing streak for Tech, who took one of three from Kansas (21-18, 3-6) this weekend.
"I thought we did a very mature thing and came out hungry again today," Texas Tech head coach Adrian Gregory said. "It could have gone the other way, but we did a really good job with coming out here with motivation and a will to compete for our brand and to compete for who we are. We did a really great job today. I thought that was a really great character performance."
Senior catcher Susan Welborn led the way, going 3-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored on the day, while senior shortstop Brittany Warnecke and sophomore second baseman Kiana Workman also went yard in the contest.
"[Welborn] pulled the trigger early [on that pitch], holds back and still hits it out of the yard," Gregory said of her senior catcher. "That's a big deal for her on something she's been working really hard to do. I think you can't say enough about who she is and how she plays the game. It's fun to watch her get successful."
Texas Tech outhit Kansas 10-7 as seven different Red Raiders recorded hits. Senior Kierra Miles continued her impressive weekend with a 1-3 performance and scoring twice. She finished the series hitting .600 (6-10) with a home run, five runs scored, two walks and three stolen bases. Along with Miles, senior Devon Thomey also collected a hit in all three games this weekend, going 2-4 with an RBI and run scored Sunday.
Welborn got the scoring started for Tech in the bottom of the first. Trailing 1-0, she hit an infield single that scored Miles from third to tie the score at 1-1. A few batters later, sophomore Kiani Ramsey knocked in Thomey and a throwing error allowed freshman Raina O'Neal to score from first, giving Tech a 3-1 lead after one.
Tech extended the lead to 4-1 in the second inning off a solo shot from Workman, her fourth home run of the season.
O'Neal hit a sac fly in the third to make it 5-1, before Warnecke hit a two-out, two-run homer over the wall in left field to make it 7-1.
It was Welborn's turn to go long in the fifth, connecting on a solo shot to left that made it 8-1. The North Richland Hills, Texas, native now has seven home runs on the year, six of which have been hit at Rocky Johnson Field. Thomey rounded out the scoring with an RBI single to right field in the sixth.
Freshman Kassidy Scott (9-12), who has started eight of Tech's nine conference games in the circle, earned the win in the circle, pitching 4.0 innings and giving up three unearned runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout. Senior Mattison Maisel came on in relief and tossed three shutout innings while surrendering just four hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
The Red Raiders wrap up their seven game home stand next week with a three-game series against Texas Thursday-Saturday, April 13-15, at Rocky Johnson Field. First pitch for the series opener is slated for 6 p.m. Thursday.