Red Raider Softball loses in series finale - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Red Raider Softball loses in series finale

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas put eight runs across in the second inning on their way to defeating the Red Raiders, 11-3, Saturday in front of a crowd of 833 fans, the tenth largest crowd ever at Rocky Johnson Field. 
Texas (23-18, 3-6) finished with nine hits in the second frame and a season-high 17 for the contest. Meanwhile, the Red Raiders had several opportunities to cut into the lead, but left the bases loaded in three different innings and ended up with a total of 11 runners left on for the game. 
With a loss in the series finale, Texas Tech (17-23, 4-8) suffers its first sweep by the Longhorns since 2013 after falling 4-1 Thursday night in 14 innings and 9-5 Friday afternoon. 
“I think we have to figure out how to compete,” head coach Adrian Gregory said. “If you were going to talk to me from day one to now, it’s you have to compete every single moment that you are out here. You have to compete, every single pitch. You have to be tenacious in your pursuit at being great. You’ve got to want it more, and you’ve got to want to win more than you’re scared to lose. That’s what our kids have to choose. That’s the hardest part of coaching. Your young people have to choose something different and it’s not easy. It’s not an easy pursuit, but it’s the right pursuit.”
Senior Brittany Warnecke, who was moved up to the four hole for the first time this season, led Tech at the plate, going deep for the third time in four games while freshman Raina O’Neal added a home run of her own. Sophomore Kiani Ramsey finished 3-4 for her third three-hit game of the season, and senior Kierra Miles reached base three times with three base on balls.
“She’s always been a defensive prowess for us, and that’s what she would say is the best part of her game is,” Gregory said. “You could just see her probably before conference started, she is just feeling great and seeing the ball great and attacking the ball. For me, she’s our hottest hitter, so we have to put her in a position where she gets to hit with people on base and she did that.”
Senior pitcher Mattison Maisel spelled starter Kassidy Scott in the second and was strong in relief. She held Texas scoreless for each of the next four innings before the Longhorns were able to tack on three in the seventh. 
Texas Tech travels to Stillwater, Okla., next weekend to take on Oklahoma State Friday-Sunday, April 21-23, at Cowgirl Stadium.

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