Aucoin’s Strong Effort Not Enough to Down Creighton

Texas Tech right-hander allows just two hits in a 1-0 loss Saturday afternoon
ARLINGTON, Texas – Gretchen Aucoin limited Creighton to just two hits in a losing effort Saturday afternoon as the Bluejays plated an unearned run in the seventh to take a 1-0 victory over Texas Tech at Alan Saxe Field.
 
Liz Dike plated the game-winning run for Creighton (4-4) as she rolled a bases-loaded fielder’s choice up the middle that was too slow for Lea Hopson to make the throw to the plate in time.
 
The loss snapped Tech’s four-game winning streak as the Red Raiders previously defeated Illinois, 4-3, in nine innings earlier in the day. Tech (10-5) closed the UTA Hilton Invitational with a 4-1 showing in the tournament.
 
“We would have really liked to win this one but that’s sometimes part of the game,” Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. “I was really proud of how we battled all day and beat a good Illinois team. Gretchen (Aucoin) was phenomenal for us in the circle both games, so we have a lot of bright spots to look at from this weekend.”
 
Alexis Cantu (2-0) picked up the win in the circle for Creighton after tossing a four-hit shutout that included six strikeouts. She walked four as well before retiring the final seven Tech hitters in order.
 
The Red Raiders stranded eight runners on base, including two in both the fourth and fifth innings. Creighton also struggled driving in runs, leaving nine on prior to Dike’s game-winner.
 
Cantu’s performance was similar to the one from Aucoin (3-1), who closed Tech’s victory over Illinois earlier in the day, tossing the final four innings to pick up the win.
 
Aucoin went six full innings against the Bluejays, matching her career high with nine strikeouts before giving way to reliever Cara Custer, who entered the game with a runner on second and no outs in the seventh.
 
In her 10 total innings on the day, Aucoin allowed just one run, which went unearned following a Tech fielding error to start the final frame, off three hits and 17 strikeouts. She has now surrendered just two earned runs in her 32.2 innings this season.
 
Sydni Emanuel led off the third inning with an infield single that gave Tech an opportune chance to score early. Emanuel finished 1-for-4 with a stolen base, extending her hitting streak to 12 games, which is the longest streak for a Red Raider since Adriana Perez hit safely in 14-straight games in 2012.
 
The loss ended a 15-game road trip to start the season for the Red Raiders, who will host Southern and Sam Houston State next weekend in the Texas Tech Invitational. Tech will face Sam Houston State at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon before battling Southern in a scheduled 5:30 p.m. first pitch.
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