Texas Tech softball put the proverbial cherry on top of a good weekend by sweeping Baylor with a 4-3 win and dampening the Bears' senior day festivities Sunday afternoon at Getterman Stadium. The sweep was Tech's first regular-season sweep over Baylor since 1998 and marked the first time since 2003 that the perennial-power Bears (22-17, 4-9) have been swept at home in a conference series.
Tech (17-32, 5-9) took advantage of big hits in key moments to put a run on the board in each of the first four innings and held off a late Baylor rally to preserve the win. Leah Legler picked up three hits and an RBI, including two triples, to help lead the way.
Legler got Tech going early with a lead-off triple to start the game. Jennifer Corkin then doubled with two outs to bring Legler across and give the Red Raiders the early 1-0 lead.
Robyn Wike extended her career-best hitting streak to five games in the second when she opened the inning with a double before hustling in on a Baylor error two batters later to give Tech a 2-0 lead. Tye Coats kept the Bears off balance in the circle, giving up just one hit through the first four innings of play.
The Red Raiders added their third run of the afternoon in the third when Jennifer Bowers smashed her fourth home run of the season. Legler picked up her second triple of the day in the fourth to bring in Megan Shupp, who had opened the inning with a single, and make the score 4-0.
Baylor put a run on the board in the fifth on a Jordan Daniels RBI single to make it 4-1. The Bears came back strong in the sixth when they put across two runs on three hits before loading the bases with just one out. Ashly Jacobs, who came on in relief, retired the final two hitters to halt the rally. She then put Baylor down quietly in the seventh to give Tech the sweep and pick up her second save of the season in the process.
Legler finished 3-4 with two triples and an RBI to pace Tech, while Bowers homered for the second-straight day and doubled to finish 2-4 with an RBI. Corkin went 1-4 with an RBI, while Coats (6-12) gave up three runs over five innings to record the win.
Tech will now return to Lubbock for an eight-game home stand to finish off the regular season. UT-Arlington will come to town for a Tuesday double header to open things. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. CT with game two starting soon after the conclusion of the first.