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Red Raiders Shut Out in Home Opener Against Sam Houston State
LUBBOCK, Texas – Shelby Lancaster and Haley Baros combined to hold Texas Tech to five hits Friday afternoon as Sam Houston State spoiled the Red Raiders’ home opener with a 2-0 victory at Rocky Johnson Field.
Lancaster (1-3) picked up a pair of key double plays in the first and fourth innings en route to her first victory of the season. She sat down seven-straight hitters before being pulled with two hits in the sixth following a Sydni Emanuel bunt single.
Baros closed the door for the Bearkats (6-7), striking out Lea Hopson to wrap the sixth inning before retiring the side in order in the seventh for her first save of the season.
It was the second-straight game where the Red Raiders have been shutout dating back to last Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Creighton. Tech had not previously been shutout in consecutive outings since the opening two games of last season’s Oklahoma series.
Tiffany Castillo scored the only two runs Sam Houston would need in the fourth inning as she drove a two-out, two-run homer to left center off Tech starter Gretchen Aucoin.
The home run marked the first allowed this season by Aucoin (3-2), who came into this weekend as the Big 12 leader in ERA after allowing just two earned runs in her 32.1 innings.
Cara Custer relieved Aucoin to start the fifth inning as she tossed the final three frames, allowing just two hits while striking out three. Custer and Aucoin combined for seven strikeouts altogether.
Sydni Emanuel and Lea Hopson led the Red Raiders atop the lineup as they both finished 2-for-3 for four of Tech’s five hits. It was Emanuel’s team-leading seventh multiple-hit game this year and the fifth already for Hopson.
Emanuel and Hopson led off the first with back-to-back singles but Emanuel was called for leaving early before Cassie McClure lined into a double play to end what began as a nice start for the Red Raiders.
Emanuel’s two hits extended her hitting streak to 13-games heading into Tech’s final game of the day against Rhode Island. It’s the longest streak for a Red Raiders since Adriana Perez hit safely in 14-straight games in 2012.
The loss dropped Tech (10-6) to 12-7 all-time in home openers and 4-1 under head coach Shanon Hays. Tech’s last loss in a home opener came in 2009 when No. 7 Oklahoma rolled into Lubbock and delivered a doubleheader sweep.