Aztecs Walk Off With 5-4 Victory Over Texas Tech

Published 03/16 2014 09:08PM

Updated 03/16 2014 09:11PM

Texas Tech Media Relations/Norvelle Kennedy

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Kayla Jordan followed a Patrice Jackson two-run double with a RBI single Sunday afternoon to push San Diego State to a 5-4 walk-off victory over Texas Tech at SDSU Softball Stadium.

The loss concluded a doubleheader sweep for the Red Raiders (22-8), who fell to Long Beach State, 4-1, earlier in the day. It marked the first time Tech had dropped both games in a doubleheader this year.

"We played two tough teams today," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "We kind of let one go against San Diego State but that's something we as a young team can learn from. I still think we're playing well right now, so we'll look to come back and beat a good Harvard team tomorrow."

The Red Raiders took a 4-2 lead into the bottom half of the seventh before the Aztecs (20-8) responded with three runs before Cara Custer could even record an out.

Custer (7-4) suffered the loss in the circle after allowing two walks to open the inning. She finished with five earned runs against her off four hits and six walks in 3.1 innings.

Lea Hopson put Tech in position to win the game in the sixth with a two-run single that scored Kristi Belshe and pinch runner Camaury Washington. Hopson finished 2-for-3 at the plate with three stolen bases, the most for a Red Raider this season.

Hopson stole both second and third base in the second inning before giving Tech an early 2-0 lead after scoring off a San Diego State fielding error from a Brittany Lee bunt down the first base line.

Sydni Emanuel scored Tech's first run in the opening inning as she singled and then swiped her 28th base of the season. Cassie McClure plated Emanuel moments later with a RBI ground ball to second base.

San Diego State answered with a run in both the second and third inning which forced Hays to turn to left-hander Brittany Talley briefly in relief. Talley tossed 2.2 shutout innings, surrendering just one hit during that span.

Danielle O'Toole (16-3) picked up the win for the Aztecs in a complete-game effort where she allowed four runs, three of which were earned, off six hits and five strikeouts.

The Red Raiders close their seven-game road trip to California Monday afternoon with a 5:30 p.m. CT first pitch against Harvard.

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