It was a game of firsts in Texas Tech softball's 5-4 win over Texas Monday night as the Red Raiders beat the Longhorns for the first time in Lubbock and snapped a four-game losing streak to UT. Tech has now won its last two games and improved to 9-25 and 1-2 on the season.
Things did not look promising for the Red Raiders in the early going as UT's Loryn Johnson hit a two-run home run to center field to give the Longhorns the early 2-0 advantage. Tech's Ashly Jacobs responded in a big way by striking out the next two hitters and stopping the damage.
Montana Patin provided the boost Tech needed in the bottom of the first as she blasted a three-run home run, her third of the season, over the fence in center to make it 3-2. After putting UT down in order the next two innings, the Red Raiders added another run in the bottom of the third when Megan Shupp came in on a passed ball after singling to start the inning.
Jacobs continued to keep the Longhorns quiet through the fourth and fifth before they put a run on the board in the sixth on a Kelly Melone home run. Tech responded in kind with another run in the bottom of the sixth when Devin Zaragoza singled up the middle to bring in Whitney Riley from second to make it 5-3.
UT made things interesting in the seventh when it put across a run and then got the potential-winning run on first. Tye Coats responded by striking out Melone and giving Tech the victory.
Shupp continued her hot hitting of late with a 2-4 showing. Patin was 1-2 with her homer and three RBI, and Zaragoza was 1-2 with an RBI. Jacobs picked up the win in the circle to improve to 3-8, while Coats picked up the save in two innings of work. Brittany Barnhill (3-6) took the loss for the Longhorns, while Johnson led the way going 2-4 with three RBI.
There will be little rest for Tech as it heads out tomorrow for a weekend series with Kansas in Lawrence. First pitch for Saturday's game is set for 2 p.m. CT, while Sunday's action is scheduled to get under way at 12 p.m. Fans can follow the action here.