SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Texas Tech committed a season-high five errors Sunday afternoon en route to allowing three unearned runs in a 4-1 loss to Long Beach State to open the San Diego State Classic at SDSU Softball Stadium.
The loss snapped Tech's previous 12-game winning streak that was its longest since midway through the 2012 season. The Red Raiders (22-7) close the day against host San Diego State later in the afternoon.
Long Beach (20-8) broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth, taking advantage of two Tech errors on a Darian Tautalafua single that allowed pinch runner Alexie Johnson to score from first base.
The one-run lead was all Erin Jones-Wesley needed as the right-hander retired the Red Raiders in order in the sixth before working out of a jam in the seventh where the first two Tech hitters reached base.
Jones-Wesley (11-4) earned the win in a complete-game effort, holding Tech to just one run off six hits and five walks. She also struck out seven, the most for the Red Raider offense since striking out eight times Friday against DePaul.
The Red Raiders plated their only run in the first off a perfectly executed double steal from Sydni Emanuel and Lea Hopson. It was the second stolen base of the inning for Emanuel, giving her a Big 12-leading 27 already this season.
Emanuel finished 4-for-4 at the plate, marking her second four-hit game this season. It was her team-leading 13th multiple-hit game this year and third in five games this weekend.
The 49ers added two insurance runs in the seventh off a Cya Neal RBI fielder's choice and a Karli Sandoval sacrifice fly. Neal scored leadoff hitter Shayna Kimbrough, who finished 2-for-3 atop the lineup.
Gretchen Aucoin (7-3) garnered the loss for the Red Raiders in the circle after tossing 5.1 innings where she allowed two unearned runs off five hits and four strikeouts. Cara Custer relieved her for the final two outs in the sixth before Chandler Moore came on for the seventh inning.
All six of Tech's hits came from the top of its lineup as Sydnie Tapia went 2-for-3 to extend her career-best hitting streak to 12 games. Tapia also stole her third base of the season to allow Emanuel to score in the first.The Red Raiders were previously 18-1 this season when scoring before their opponent.