AUSTIN, Texas – Texas plated three runs in the first inning and two more in the second to take a 5-1 victory over Texas Tech Friday afternoon in the series opener at McCombs Field.
The loss extended Tech’s losing streak to four straight, marking the Red Raiders’ (27-13; 0-4) longest run this season. Texas, meanwhile, remained undefeated early in Big 12 Conference play with the win, improving to 22-15 overall and 2-0 in league action.
“We missed several opportunities to get back in the game but credit Texas for scoring early,” Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. “Gretchen (Aucoin) didn’t have her best stuff today but we’ve got to be able to work around that. We’ll look to get back at it tomorrow.”
Brejae Washington led off a difficult first two innings for Tech starter Gretchen Aucoin with her third triple of the season that sailed over Sydni Emanuel’s head in center field.
The Longhorns scored Washington off a Tech fielding error and added two more off a two-run homer from Taylor Thom to lead 3-0 before Aucoin could even record an out in the opening frame.
The Longhorns added two more runs in the second inning off a Lindsey Stephens two-out, two-run single that scored Stephanie Ceo and Devon Tunning. Ceo finished 2-for-3 to help lead the bottom half of the Texas lineup.
The Red Raiders, meanwhile, managed just four hits off Texas starter Tiarra Davis as Samantha Camello lined a single to right field in the second while Sydni Emanuel laid down a bunt single an inning later.
Emanuel’s single eventually helped load the bases for the Red Raiders, who stranded all three runners in what was the first of several missed opportunities for Tech at the plate.
The Red Raiders stranded eight runners overall, leaving two on in both the sixth and seventh innings. Cassie McClure and Kierra Miles unloaded back-to-back singles in the sixth to put runners on the corners with just one out before Davis came back with one of her nine strikeouts along with a pop up.
The complete game was the 12th of the season for Davis, who gave Tech a few chances with four walks and a hit-by-pitch. She also finished 2-for-3 at the plate.
Brittany Talley relieved Aucoin (8-5) to start the fourth inning as she tossed the final three innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out three during that span.
The two teams will continue the series at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The game can be seen on the Longhorn Network.
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