By: Matt Dowdy - Assistant Director/Communications
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech closed its nine-game homestand with a 9-1 rout of Abilene Christian Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic at Rocky Johnson Field.
The victory, which extended Tech’s season-long winning streak to eight games, improves the Red Raiders to 18-6 on the season, their best record through 24 games since 2011.
Tech was the only squad in the five-team field to finish the weekend undefeated as the Red Raiders are now 22-1 all-time since the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic was created prior to the 2011 season.
“I thought this was the best weekend we’ve had all season,” Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. “We hit the ball well and then we had good pitching really all weekend. This was a big weekend for us before we go to California next week and face several top RPI type teams. I think this can only give us additional confidence.”
The Red Raiders scored each of their nine runs over the final three frames, beginning with a Sydnie Tapia two-run homer in Tech’s four-run third inning that broke up a scoreless game.
Tapia, who initially faked a bunt before punching the first pitch she saw over the left field fence, also homered earlier in the day against Northern Colorado, giving her four home runs this season which is tied for the team high with Kierra Miles and Lea Hopson.
Tapia’s homer was the first of two in the game for the Red Raiders as Brittany Lee connected on her first career long ball with a two-run shot in the fifth that ended the game via run-rule.
It was not the only career first for Lee as she posted her first multiple-hit game, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Tapia also went 2-for-2 with a career-high three RBI after a fourth inning sacrifice fly.
Tech finished with four players with at least two hits as Kiera Miles (2-for-3) and Gretchen Aucoin (2-for-2) joined both Lee and Tapia. Miles drove in one in Tech’s four-run third inning with a RBI double to center field. She scored immediately after off a Lea Hopson sacrifice fly.
Hopson was one of five different Red Raiders to steal a base in the victory. The five stolen bases marked a season high for Tech and the most since swiping seven on March 17, 2012, against Manhattan.
The offensive performance was enough for Brittany Talley (7-0) to remain undefeated after the southpaw allowed just one run off a Courtney Flanary fourth inning home run. Talley held the Wildcats to just two hits, marking her second two-hit complete game this weekend and her third this season.
Peyton Mosley (0-6) suffered the loss for ACU in a complete-game effort after allowing nine runs, six of which were earned, off 11 hits and two strikeouts.
The Red Raiders head to Southern California next weekend to play seven games over the course of four games, beginning Friday afternoon with a doubleheader against DePaul and Canisius at the Titan Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton.
Tech will also face UNLV and the host Titans on Saturday before heading south to take part in the San Diego State Classic on Sunday and Monday.