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LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech softball team hit two solo home runs in the seventh and scored the winning run in the eighth to complete a 4-3 comeback win over No. 25 Oklahoma State on Friday at Rocky Johnson Field and even the three-game series at one game apiece.
The Red Raiders (21-14, 1-4) trailed 3-1 entering the seventh and had managed just three hits until redshirt sophomore Karli Hamilton stepped up with an inside-the-park home run to right field on an 0-2 count to close the gap to 3-2. One batter later, senior Allison Knopp connected on a two-out dinger to left that sent the game to extra innings.
After holding the Cowgirls (24-10, 3-2) scoreless in the eighth, Tech got back-to-back singles from redshirt freshmen Heaven Burton and Michaela Cochran with one out in the eighth. Hartwell would move both runners to scoring position to set the table for Workman, who drove a base hit over the first baseman's glove into right field to score the winning run.
The win is Tech's first over a ranked team at home since 2015 and its first over a ranked Big 12 opponent since 2015. It's the second time the Red Raiders have come back this season when trailing entering the seventh inning. Tech improves to 3-2 in extra-inning games in 2018 behind its third walk-off win of the year.
Sophomore pitcher Kassidy Scott (6-4) settled in after giving up two runs in the first to surrender just one run on five hits through the next seven innings. The Piedmont, Okla., native totaled nearly 150 pitches on the day en route to her third complete game of the year.
Knopp's clutch homer in the seventh capped off a strong 2-for-3 day that also included her second double of the season. Meanwhile, Hamilton also went 2-for-3 with her 11th career home run.
Junior Taylor Satchell also came through with a big hit in the fifth inning that got Tech on the board. Following a Knopp double, Satchell ripped a single up the middle that plated the pinch-running Olga Zamarripa, who slid around the tag at home to notch Satchell's first RBI as a Red Raider.
The Red Raiders outhit the Cowgirls for the second straight day as OSU's Logan Simunek (6-2) took the loss. Jessi Haffner led the Pokes, going 1-for-2 with two RBI and a walk.
The rubber match between the Red Raiders and Cowgirls is set for Saturday at 12 p.m. The Texas Tech softball and Texas Tech tennis programs will hold a combined pre-game Easter egg hunt at 11:15 a.m. on the grassy area south of the tennis facility.
Head Coach Adrian Gregory
"Our kids have been working so hard for this. They've been resilient and persistent. The outcome that young people want is wins. You can preach process all you want, but they kind of want you to show the process. I think that we've done it the right way and worked really hard at this. We have kids that continue to fight. You have Karli Hamilton that comes up, who didn't have a day she loved yesterday, and she had a way different approach today. It's just vitally different. So good for them. Good for Kiana, good for Karli, good for Allison. Good for all of our kids that just fight and fight. Kassidy came back after a very challenging first inning and finds a way to go the distance. That's huge. We really needed her to do that and she found a way. Good for our kids."
Junior Kiana Workman on her walk-off hit
"I mean it was awesome. That's what everyone wants to do is come up in that clutch situation and pull through. If it's not for Allison's home run, if it's not for Karli's inside the park home run, then that hit doesn't mean anything. Our top of the lineup getting on base and getting in scoring position, it's just really awesome that all that came together."
Senior Allison Knopp on her game-tying home run in the seventh
"Its things like that that you live for. Those at bats - that's what you play the game for. It's all about being relaxed in the box when you're in that position. Like Kiana said if it wasn't for all of our slappers getting on base, the middle of the lineup working hard, Kassidy working hard on the mound and coming up with big plays in the infield, that game is not ours. Everyone did the right thing and played the game so hard."