WACO — After seven scoreless innings, Texas Tech erupted for a 10-run eighth to beat North Texas 10-0 Friday for its second win of the day in the Texas Shootout.
Tech pitcher Cara Custer (6-3) threw a four-hit shutout and her teammates finally broke through against North Texas starter Ashley Kirk (1-3) after she blanked the Red Raiders through seven.
Adriana Perez and Cydney Allen opened the floodgates with two-run singles, and Taylor Powell unloaded a three-run homer to make the score 7-0. Sandy James and Perez drove in another run apiece after Tech batted around.
Custer walked three and struck out three in her second shutout.
Tech (9-4) will take an eight-game winning streak into games today at 10 a.m. against Texas-El Paso and 3:30 p.m. against Stephen F. Austin.
Earlier Friday, Tech topped Texas State 6-0 with five-hit pitching from Britany Talley and a three-run homer from Raven Richardson.
Holly Gentsch’s fourth-inning sacrifice fly put the Red Raiders ahead, and Richardson’s homer came in a five-run fifth.
TEXAS TECH 6, TEXAS STATE 0
Texas State 000 000 0 — 0 5 3
Texas Tech 000 150 x — 6 6 0
Alaniz, Hall (1) and Hair; Talley and Gentsch. W—Talley (2-1). L—Hall (1-4). 2B—Texas Tech, Richardson. HR—Texas Tech, Richardson. Records: Texas State 4-7, Texas Tech 8-4.
TEXAS TECH 10, NORTH TEXAS 0
Texas Tech 000 000 0(10) — 10 9 0
North Texas 000 000 00 — 0 4 1
Custer and Allen; Kirk, Poole (8), Simmons (8) and Grimes. W—Custer (6-3). L—Kirk (1-3). HR—Texas Tech, Powell. Records: Texas Tech 9-4, North Texas 4-5.
■ Track and field
COLLEGE STATION — Texas Tech senior Kelly Closse captured a conference title Friday, winning the weight throw for the second year in a row at the Big 12 indoor championships.
Closse’s best mark of 70 feet, 81/2 inches broke the Big 12 indoor meet record set in 2008, and she won by nearly two feet.
“It just means I’ve been working hard and it paid off,” Closse said. “I’m going to try and do better at nationals. I’m really happy about it, because I knew not to be overwhelmed and feel pressure, because I won last year. I’m really happy with what I did.”
In the men’s pole vault, former NCAA outdoor champion Maston Wallace from Texas denied Tech’s Kyal Meyers from winning his second straight Big 12 indoor title.
Wallace cleared 17-81/2, and Meyers took second with a best height of 17-41/2. Meyers, a sophomore from China Spring, broke on the scene last year by winning the event as a freshman.
The 12th-ranked Lady Raiders enter the final day of the meet in third place with 31 points. Precious Nwokey accounted for a chunk of those by taking second in the pentathlon and fourth in the long jump. Her pentathlon point total was 3,961. She long lumped 19-6.
The women’s distance medley relay also finished fourth. The team of Devin Bailey, Taylor Evans, Caitlin Waters and Caroline Jepleting ran a time of 11 minutes, 24.67 seconds.
Tech freshman Mike Menefield from Big Spring placed fourth in the men’s long jump with a mark of 23-103/4, and teammate Dellon Williams was eighth at 23-31/4.
Day two of the meet begins at 3 p.m. today.
“I feel like we qualified pretty well,” Tech coach Wes Kittley said. “Everyone qualified (for event finals) like I thought they would. I feel pretty good about (Saturday). We still have a lot of bullets to fire and a lot of quality. I’m just hoping we have a chance to finish in the top two or three.”