OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA (Texas Tech Athletics) - The No. 15 Texas Tech softball team split the opening day of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship with a 7-3 victory over No. 6 Kansas and 8-0 loss to No. 1 Oklahoma on Friday at USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex.
Erin Edmoundson improved to 19-3 on the season with a complete-game victory over the Jayhawks and hurler Missy Zoch dropped to 16-10 after No. 1 Oklahoma ended game two in six innings. Edmoundson handled the majority of the work and tossed 9.2 innings while Zoch threw three.
Offensively, Kelcy Leach highlighted the Red Raider offense with one home run and a .500 average on the day. The sophomore catcher went 1-for-2 with one homer, one RBI, two walks and a sacrifice bunt while Trenity Edwards recorded a team-leading two RBI on the day.
Karli Hamilton and Heaven Burton each collected two hits, while Breanna Russell and Taylor Satchel were the other two Red Raiders to record a hit in Oklahoma City.
GAME 1 – No. 15 Texas Tech 7, Kansas 3 | Box Score
Edmoundson kept the Jayhawks off balance throughout the game, especially in the first three innings. She retired the first nine hitters she faced before Tech’s offense overwhelmed Kansas starter Brynn Minor.
The Red Raiders went down in order in their first two trips to the plate, but a four-hit bottom of the third ignited the Tech offense. Zoe Jones was plunked by a pitch and a textbook sacrifice bunt from Leach moved pinch runner Miranda Padilla over into scoring position.
The freshman advanced to third on a passed ball and an RBI single from Satchell scratched across Tech’s first run of the game. Hamilton’s eighth triple of the season – the most from any Red Raider in a single season and most by any Big 12 player since 2010 – brought in run number two and a two-RBI rip up the middle from Edwards gave the Red Raiders a four-run advantage.
Edmoundson surrendered her first hit of the game in the top of the fourth, but the defense escaped the frame with no damage and added onto their lead in the bottom half of the inning.
Leach blasted her ninth home run of the season to put Tech up by five and back-to-back singles from Hamilton and Burton put runners on the corners. Tech kept the pressure on and a wild pitch and double steal on the base paths pushed across the Red Raiders’ sixth and seventh runs.
Kansas tried to make a late rally with three runs off two homers in the top of the seventh, but two quick outs to Russell at third and Edmoundson’s fourth strikeout of the game secured Tech’s 39th victory of the season.
GAME 2 – No. 1 Oklahoma 8, No. 15 Texas Tech 0 (6) | Box Score
Although the bats were hot in game one, the offense was silent in game two as Burton registered the Red Raiders’ only hit of the game.
Zoch held the top-ranked Sooners silent in the first, but Oklahoma put up two runs in the bottom of the second on to two walks, a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch. Leach drew a walk off Oklahoma’s Giselle Juarez in the top of the third, but she was stranded and the Sooners added onto their lead in the bottom of the inning.
One hit, one error and two walks from Zoch allowed three runs to come across in third and Burton tried to spark the offense in the top of the fourth with a leadoff single to left-center field. A fielding error on the play allowed her to advance to second, but she was caught trying to take third base in the next at-bat and Tech’s threat was ended.
Edmoundson relieved Zoch of her duties in the bottom of the inning and she held off the Sooners to keep it a 5-0 ball game. The sophomore used three strikeouts to hold Oklahoma scoreless in the fifth, but three runs on three hits allowed the Big 12 regular-season champion to end the game via run-rule in the bottom of the sixth.
With the loss, Tech dropped to 39-14 overall and 1-1 in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship.
COMING UP NEXT
The Red Raiders are set to close out the league tournament tomorrow, May 11. Tech’s game time and opponent will be decided after two more games today. Live stats and a broadcast on FOX College Sports will be available for tomorrow’s matchup. For all the latest information on the Texas Tech softball team, visit TexasTech.com or follow @TexasTechSB on social media.