It was a tough offensive outing for Texas Tech softball on Friday evening, but the young Red Raiders continue to show their resilience.
A bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh ended a back-and-forth affair as Tech took the series opener with Texas State, 3-2.
“It’s a tough day to hit and score runs when the wind’s blowing from left to right and the type of ball club we have,” head coach Shanon Hays said. “You want to try to run into some balls and hopefully get some out of the ballpark, especially in our
ballpark. But, the wind was from the north. You have to readjust and it took us a while to do that. We started putting the ball in play and being a little more patient. Then, the last couple of innings it proved to be the difference.”
In the bottom of the seventh inning, after Samantha Camello reached first base on an error and Brittany Lee and Sydnie Tapia got on base after getting hit by pitches, Bobcat pitcher Rayn House walked Kristi Belshe, bringing the winning run home for Texas Tech.
House (15-8), started off strong but began to fade as the game went on, hitting three batters in the final two innings.
“She got tired,” Cassie McClure said. “We just kept doing our thing (and) hitting the ball hard.”
Overall, House gave up only five hits while striking out five.
“We changed our approach in the box,” Hays said. “We backed off a bit. She was throwing it in because she’s smart throwing it in. If you hit it hard to left field, it’s not going anywhere.”
Brittany Talley (9-1) earned the win for the Red Raiders in two innings of relief.
She gave up only a pair of hits and one run.
“Brittany Talley had really good stuff tonight and pretty much shut them down, besides that one pitch when she got behind,” Hays said.
Gretchen Aucoin started in the circle after striking out 16 in a doubleheader on Wednesday.
She went five innings and gave up seven hits while striking out six, but she had a huge impact at the plate.
“It’s awesome,” Aucoin said. “I love helping out on both ends. Pitching is something that I love because I’m consistently doing something. To be able to score through hitting and hitting it solid, it’s awesome.”
After McClure knocked in the first run for the Red Raiders in the sixth inning, Aucoin singled to right field put Tech up 2-1.
Texas State tied it up in the top of the seventh when Bianca Prado blasted a leadoff home run over the right-field wall.
It seemed as if McClure would get a homer of her own in the bottom of the fourth when she hit a straight shot deep to left field and over the wall.
Texas State’s left fielder, Timishia North reached her glove over the wall to make the catch and save the run.
“Talk about a good play,” Hays said. “That’s one of the best plays I’ve ever seen that their left fielder made catching it going over the fence.”
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TEXAS TECH 3, TEXAS STATE 2
Texas State 000 010 1 — 2 9 1
Texas Tech 000 002 1 — 3 5 1
House and Doerre; Aucoin, Talley (6) and Crow. W — Talley (9-1). L — House (15-8). 2B — Texas Tech, McClure (7). HR — Texas State, Prado. Records: Texas State 18-13; Texas Tech 25-9.