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Red Raiders unable to make comebacks during Saturday twin bill

Posted: March 18, 2017 - 8:57pm

Prior to starting of a weekend which included three games, Texas Tech softball coach Adrian Gregory admitted she wanted her squad to build some type of momentum before it started Big 12 play.

After dropping games to East Carolina (8-7) and Saint Francis (3-1), the Red Raiders went winless during their two-day run of play in the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic at Rocky Johnson Field.

With the losses, Texas Tech dropped to 13-14 overall and is in the midst of a four-game losing streak — its longest of the season. In their three defeats during the classic, the Red Raiders lost by a combined five runs.

In its final game of the classic, Texas Tech trailed 3-0 after two complete.

Jordan Seneca, who notched a pair of grand slams on Friday night, hit a solo home run in the first frame before a bases-loaded hit by pitch in the first and throwing error in the second gave the Red Flash a 3-0 advantage.

Texas Tech had a chance to make a dent in the 3-0 deficit in the sixth inning.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Raina O’Neal — facing a 1-2 count — was trying to just make contact and poke a ball into the outfield but struck out swinging to end the scoring opportunity.

In the seventh inning, Susan Welborn hit a home run over the left-center field wall to cut the deficit to 3-1. The display of power energized a lineup that accumulated five hits before the solo home run.

But that was short-lived as Brittany Warnecke popped up to left field, Kassidy Scott struck out swinging and Kiana Workman struck out to end the the second straight late-game comeback attempt.

East Carolina 8, Texas Tech 7 (Game 1)

Despite a furious rally in the seventh inning, the Red Raiders were unable to complete a late-game comeback.

Trailing 8-4 going into the bottom of the seventh, Jessica Hartwell led off with a single before Welborn hit a double to the left-field wall that closed the gap to 8-5.

Warnecke singled to second base and, thanks to heads-up base running from Welborn, reached second base and sliced the deficit to 8-7. After Kassidy Scott hit a soft pop fly that went between the left fielder and shortstop, it looked like the Red Raiders were close to tying the contest.

But Williams ended the threat by inducing a ground out to third base to end the game.

Kierra Miles finished game 2 for four with two RBIs. Welborn, who hits a solo home run in the second inning, ended her night going 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

Scott, who also pitched 2.1 innings, went 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs.

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