Tech softball drops rubber match against No. 25 OSU

Tech softball drops rubber match against No. 25 OSU
Kierra Miles (source: Texas Tech University)

Information courtesy of Texas Tech Athletics

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech softball fell to No. 25 Oklahoma State, 10-4, on Saturday in the rubber match of its three-game in front of the largest crowd of the year at Rocky Johnson Field.
The Red Raiders (21-15, 1-5) trailed 4-3 through three, but the Cowgirls (25-10, 4-2) connected on a pair of two-out, bases-loaded doubles in the fourth and sixth innings on their way to capturing the series win.
Cowgirl Taylor Lynch went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run to accumulate five RBI on the day, while shortstop Sydney Pennington came up with the other bases-clearing double to lead OSU.
Junior Jessica Hartwell led the Red Raiders, going 2-for-2 with a triple, a double and two runs scored. The Galt, Calif., native continued her impressive season, hitting .600 this weekend. She is hitting a team-best .388 on the year with a remarkable .857 slugging percentage.
Lynch got the scoring started in the first with a two-run home run that chased Tech starter Cheyene Powell (2-5). The Red Raiders cut the lead in half in the second as redshirt freshman Heaven Burton singled up the middle to drive in Taylor Satchell from second.
The two sides traded two-run homers in the third. OSU's Madi Sue Montgomery went yard for her tenth homer of the year, before junior Kiana Workman answered for Tech with a two-run shot over the foul pole in left.
With two on and one out in the fourth, Tech turned to the bullpen again as sophomore Kassidy Scott came on to replace freshman Erin Edmoundson. Scott got a groundout and then intentionally walked the Big 12's leading hitter in senior Vanessa Shippy. Lynch would come through, however, with a bases-clearing double to the gap in right center.
Tech scored in the fifth off an RBI groundout from right fielder Karli Hamilton to cut the lead to 7-4. OSU found some two-out magic again in the sixth as Pennington found the gap in right center to plate three and extend the lead to 10-4.
Cowgirl Samantha Clakley (10-4) picked up the win in relief for her second of the weekend. She tossed 5.0 innings, giving up three hits and one earned run. Powell took the loss for the Red Raiders, who move to 9-4 at home this season.
Texas Tech continues its six-game home stand with a three-game set against No. 15 Baylor next weekend at Rocky Johnson Field. The series begins with a 6 p.m. first pitch on Friday before a 4 p.m. tilt on Saturday and a noon finale on Sunday.
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