AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Tech softball team gained an early 2-0 lead before dropping a 6-2 decision in the series finale at Texas on Sunday at McCombs Field.
National Player of the Week Jessica Hartwell accounted for both Tech runs on Sunday, scoring on a hit from redshirt sophomore Karli Hamilton in the first, before hitting her 14th home run of the year that gave Tech a 2-0 lead in the third inning.
Texas (26-15, 9-0) responded in the bottom of the third with back-to-back RBI doubles to tie it up at 2-2. The Longhorns took the lead in the next inning with a two-out RBI single from Janae Jefferson that found its way up the middle to score Malory Schattle from second.
The score remained at 3-2 until the bottom of the sixth when Texas picked up three insurance runs. Paige von Sprecken hit an RBI double, before Taylor Ellsworth brought home two more on a single to right field that put Texas ahead 6-2.
Junior Erica Wright (4-2) held the Red Raiders scoreless for the final four innings to post a complete game, the third of the weekend for the Longhorns.
Tech's Erin Edmoundson (13-9) received the loss on Sunday after entering the game in the third for starter Kassidy Scott. Edmoundson surrendered six runs, five of which were earned, on five hits with three strikeouts, two walks and three hit batters.
The Red Raiders (21-22, 1-11) posted five hits on Sunday after recording just two on Saturday following Friday's five-hit performance. Four of the five hits were recorded by the first three hitters in the lineup.
Hartwell finished 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and a stolen base. Hamilton and fellow outfielders Heaven Burton and Michaela Cochran each recorded hits with Burton tallying a double in the fifth with heads-up base running on a soft liner to left center.
Leading the team with a .333 average in the series, Hartwell finished 2-for-6 against Texas with four walks, three runs scored and the home run Sunday. The Galt, Calif., native is hitting .469 in Big 12 play with four home runs and nine extra base hits in all.
Texas took all three games in the series for the second year in a row and improves to 42-10 against the Red Raiders all-time. Tech now falls below .500 for the first time since starting the year with four losses in its first seven games.
The Red Raiders will return home next weekend for its final Big 12 home series of the season. Tech will host Iowa State for three games, starting Friday at 6 p.m.
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