Red Raiders start strong at CSUN tournament

Red Raiders start strong at CSUN tournament
Source: Texas Tech University

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – The Texas Tech softball team started its California road trip with a  6-2 win over Seattle University and led CSUN 9-5 in the seventh before darkness stopped play at Matador Field in Northridge, Calif. The Red Raiders and Matadors will pick up the game on Sunday.

The Red Raiders (13-7) put up four runs in the first inning against the Redhawks (13-11), and freshman Erin Edmoundson (9-1) tossed her fourth complete game of the year to power Tech to its fifth straight win.

Reigning USA Softball National Player of the Week Jessica Hartwell went 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles. She would later add her Big 12-leading 10th home run of the season against the Matadors to close the day 3-for-7 with two RBI and three runs scored.

Tech opened the bottom of the first with three straight hits to get on the board early, and a two-out single from freshman Kelcy Leach scored two more to make it 3-0. Redshirt sophomore Karli Hamilton scored on a wild pitch to give Tech a 4-0 lead after one.

The Red Raiders added two more in the fifth after Hartwell recorded her second double and Hamilton brought her around with a triple. Freshman Claire McKissick then got a pinch-hit single to plate Hamilton and make it a 6-1 ballgame.

That would be all Edmoundson needed to win her ninth straight decision. The Deer Park, Texas, native surrendered just one earned run and four hits through seven innings while striking out eight and walking one.
Texas Tech's second game of the day was put on pause in the middle of the seventh due to darkness. The Red Raiders led CSUN 9-5 after the Red Raiders tallied three runs in both the sixth and seventh frames to overtake the Matadors (10-14). The two squads will complete the game on Sunday.

Redshirt freshman Heaven Burton got the Red Raiders on the board in the first, leading the game off with a triple and taking home on an errant throw. The Round Rock, Texas, native went 2-of-4 in both contests Friday to extend her hitting streak to 13 games.

The Red Raiders tacked on runs in the second and third to take a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the third. CSUN responded by leveling the score at 3-3 and then took a 5-2 lead after four. Matador Kira Cauley is 3-for-4 in the game with two RBI and two runs scored to lead CSUN.

The bats came alive for Tech in the sixth. A triple from Hamilton got things started and freshman Breanna Russell came through with a two-run double with two outs to catapult Tech in front 6-5.

Tech extended its lead to 9-5 with three more in the seventh. Workman connected on an RBI double that scored Burton. One batter later, Hamilton launched her third home run of the year and third RBI of the contest.

Sophomore Kassidy Scott got the start for Tech, while senior Cheyene Powell powered through five innings before giving way to Edmoundson in the sixth. The Matadors will have their No. 4 batter in the lineup leading off the bottom of the seventh when play resumes.

The Red Raiders return to Matador Diamond for two more games Saturday. Tech starts off with Oregon State at 12:30 p.m. CST before a rematch at CSUN at 3 p.m. CST.

On Sunday, Tech and CSUN will finish their Friday tilt. The Red Raiders will also take on Oregon State for a second time at 10 a.m. CST.