LUBBOCK, Texas – Gretchen Aucoin tossed her third-straight complete game while driving in three runs at the plate Sunday to lead Texas Tech to a 10-1 run-rule victory over Iowa State at Rocky Johnson Field.
The victory clinched the third-straight series win for the Red Raiders (35-16; 8-7), a first for the program since the Big 12 turned to three-game sets in 2012. It was Tech’s seventh win in its last nine games.
“I was proud of how we responded after yesterday,” said Tech head coach Shanon Hays, who picked up his 300th career win with the victory. “We really challenged this group to come back and win the series which was big for our postseason chances. We hit the ball well really all series and then made enough plays to get a big win.”
Backed by five strong innings from Aucoin in the circle, the Red Raiders limited Iowa State (22-25-1; 2-10) to just three hits after Tech allowed 16 in Saturday’s 13-9 loss. She allowed just an unearned run in the second, which extended her consecutive innings streak to 17.1 without allowing an earned run.
With strong winds blowing out to left field, Aucoin forced Iowa State into seven ground ball outs while also adding four strikeouts to her line as well. The right-hander closed the game with back-to-back punch outs to the bottom of the Cyclone lineup as she has now earned the win in each of her last six appearances.
Aucoin helped her own cause at the plate, too, finishing 2-for-3 with three RBI. She scored Tech’s first run of the game with a fielder’s choice to second in the opening frame and then added a RBI single in the second and a leadoff solo home run in the fourth.
Her home run, Aucoin’s seventh of the season and second of the series, was the first of two in the fourth inning for Tech as Samantha Camello followed shortly after with a two-run blast to left field. It was the second home run of the season for Camello, who ended the game 2-for-3 with a single in the first inning.
Sydni Emanuel added Tech’s only other multiple-hit game as the freshman finished 2-for-3 with a leadoff double in the first and then an infield single in the third. Emanuel has now recorded at least two hits in five of Tech’s last six games.
Kierra Miles and Kady Crow both added RBI singles for the Red Raiders in a four-run second that marked the 20th time this year Tech has scored at least four runs in an inning. Tech is now 20-0 in those games.
Paris Imholz (4-9) took the loss for the Cyclones in her third start of the weekend. The right-hander allowed 10 runs, six of which were earned, off nine hits and a pair of walks in a complete-game effort.
The Red Raiders close the regular season next weekend with a pivotal three-game series at No. 12 Oklahoma. The series gets underway with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch from Marita Hynes Field in Norman.