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Oklahoma Shuts Out Tech Softball in Series Opener
NORMAN, Okla (Texas Tech Press Release)– Oklahoma right-hander Kelsey Stevens held Texas Tech to just two hits Friday evening as the 12th-ranked Sooners took a 5-0 victory in the series opener at Marita Hynes Field.
The loss dropped the Red Raiders to 35-17 on the season and 8-8 now in Big 12 play. Oklahoma, meanwhile, improved to 41-10 overall and 12-2 in conference action.
“I honestly thought we played pretty well tonight,” Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. “Oklahoma has a good ball club and they hit the ball well. I told the team afterwards to forget about this one. We’ll regroup tonight and look to even the series tomorrow.”
Stevens (30-7) matched her season high with 11 strikeouts en route to her 30th win of the season. She allowed just a pair of walks over the first five innings before surrendering a one-out single to Sydni Emanuel in the sixth.
The Sooners gave Stevens an early lead in the first as Britany Williams recorded the first of two RBI in the game with a single up the middle. She scored leadoff hitter Lauren Chamberlain, who opened the frame with a walk.
Chamberlain and Williams combined again in the third to boost the Sooner lead with a pair of solo home runs off Tech starter Gretchen Aucoin. It was the seventh home run of the season for Chamberlain and the eighth for Williams.
Oklahoma chased Aucoin (14-8) early in the sixth inning following a RBI double from Georgia Casey. Aucoin took the loss for the Red Raiders, giving up all five runs off only four hits. She also struck out five and walked three after coming into the series having not allowed a single earned run in her previous 17.1 combined innings.
It was the first time in Aucoin’s last six outings where she’s taken the loss in the circle. She was relieved in the sixth inning by Brittany Talley, who managed to get Tech out of a bases-loaded jam in her only inning of work.
Samantha Camello provided Tech’s second and final hit with a two-out single in the seventh inning. The shutout was just the second during Big 12 play for a Tech offense that came into the game scoring six or more runs in eight of the past nine games.
The Red Raiders will look to even the series Saturday afternoon in a 2 p.m. first pitch at Marita Hynes Field. The game can be seen on FOX Sports Southwest Plus.