Friday, freshman pitcher Kassidy Scott tossed five scoreless innings and allowed two hits in a run-rule win over UTEP.
Saturday, in the bottom of the sixth inning against UTEP, Scott’s line drive homer over the right field wall— the first of her career — ended the game 12-4 with a run-rule.
The second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, which was played against North Texas, was initially scheduled for 6 p.m. but finished after press time. Mattison Maisel (3-2, 6.79 ERA) started for Texas Tech against Lauren Craine (2-2, 5.10 ERA).
Sunday, the Lady Raiders (10-8) host North Texas at 1 p.m.
“That’s what we need from our pitching staff — is for us to work ahead and give us a lot of ground balls,” Texas Tech softball coach Adrian Gregory said of Scott’s performance after her team’s loss to Wichita State Friday. “And hopefully, our defense comes through.”
On Friday, the first day of the Texas Tech Invitational at Rocky Johnson Field, Texas Tech split its games, beating UTEP (3-14) 8-0 and losing 10-7 to Wichita State.
In the two early games played Saturday, Wichita State beat UTEP 7-5 and Wichita State beat North Texas 14-10.
UTEP and North Texas are both Conference USA members. UTEP was picked to finish seventh of twelve teams in the preseason poll. North Texas was picked to finish last.
In the Big 12 preseason poll, the Lady Raiders were picked sixth. Reigning national champion Oklahoma was picked to finish first in front of Texas.
Entering Saturday, roughly three weeks from the beginning of Big 12 conference play, the Red Raiders are sixth of seven teams (based on overall, pre-conference schedule).
Baylor and Oklahoma lead the conference with records of 16-3 and 13-4, respectively.
The Lady Raiders’ first Big 12 series is a three-game set at Iowa State beginning March 24.
Texas Tech scored six runs in the first inning against UTEP Saturday, beginning with a three-run homer from Raina O’Neal.
In the bottom of the third, Texas Tech added three more runs when Susan Welborn singled home Jessica Hartwell before Welborn and Scott scored on a Devon Thomey single.
“We’re lucky to have her back in our lineup,” Gregory said Friday of Welborn, who missed the first three weeks of the season because of a shoulder injury.
UTEP, which got a leadoff homer in the fourth inning from Cortney Smith, added two more runs to cut the Lady Raiders lead to 9-4.
Texas Tech added two runs in the bottom of the fourth when Warnecke scored Hartwell and Kierra Miles with a single.
Cheyenne Powell picked up her first win of the season while Kaitlin Fifield fell to 0-3.
Hannah Broseman started for the Lady Raiders, tossing 2.1 innings and allowing two hits. In relief, Dominique Alcocer pitched two-thirds of an innings and allowed four hits and two earned runs before Powell entered the game.
“We’re better than what we’re showing, and I completely agree with her 100 percent,” Welborn said of Gregory’s postgame remarks Friday. “They preach confidence. And I think that’s something we can do better on and we’re way better than we show. And from here on out, that we prove to ourselves that we are better.”