For the first time since Feb. 27, 2009, Texas Tech lost after scoring nine or more runs.
Iowa State fought back in Game 2 with a 13-9 win after getting crushed by the Red Raiders 15-0 in the first game of the series,
“It was very frustrating,” freshman Cassie McClure said. “We were hitting the ball hard. We had some errors that we shouldn’t have.”
Texas Tech’s offense produced, but its defense struggled, committing three errors.
“I thought the big issue today was our defense,” he said. “The one four-run inning. A lot of those hits shouldn’t have happened.”
Iowa State recorded 16 hits — 14 more than Friday.
“We just came out there a little rusty,” sophomore Kady Crow said. “Since it was senior day, there were a lot of things going on. I think that once we got in a groove we settled down.”
Senior pitcher Brittany Talley took the loss, allowing five runs off seven hits in three innings. Junior Cara Custer gave up eight runs off nine hits in her four innings of work.
Hays said his team put too much pressure on the pitching staff with its poor defensive play.
And while, Tech’s offense scored nine runs, it could have been more. The Red Raiders stranded a season-high 13 on the bases, the most since leaving 15 on base against UNLV last year.
“We just didn’t come through with a big hit,” Hays said. “The first two innings with the bases loaded you can’t assume anything, and we didn’t get it done. Their pitcher made good pitches at the right time and she made us swing at pitches that weren’t in the zone.”
Iowa State pitcher Paris Imholz lasted six innings on Saturday, allowing seven runs off 10 hits.
Trailing 11-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth, McClure started Tech off with a home run, her second in the series. Tech added two more runs to the board in the seventh.
“I didn’t know how I hit that,” McClure said. “Because of the way I felt in my swing, it was just ‘Oh, OK.’ It felt good to hit it. I started to struggle and finally picked it up.”
IOWA STATE 13, TEXAS TECH 9
ISU 204 005 2 — 13 16 3
Tech 021 103 2 — 9 12 3
Imholz, Roggentien and Hartman. Talley, Custer and Crow. W — Imholz (4-8). L — Talley (9-2). 2B—ISU, Slater, Hartman; Tech, Emanuel, McClure, Camello, Lee. HR—ISU, Slater, Cappaert; Tech, McClure, Miles. Record: ISU 22-24-1 overall, 2-9 in the Big 12; Tech 34-16 overall, 7-7 in the Big 12.
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