LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 12 Baylor connected on five home runs Friday night en route to a 14-1 run-rule victory over Texas Tech in the Red Raiders’ Big 12 Conference opener at Rocky Johnson Field.
Baylor (25-6; 1-1) scored the most runs off the Tech pitching staff this year as the Lady Bears scored at least one run in every inning besides the second. The Red Raiders (27-10; 0-1) had not previously suffered a run-rule loss this season.
“It just wasn’t our night,” Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. “Baylor has a good ball club and they hit the ball hard all night. We could just never get out of an inning tonight. The good part is that we have two more games in the series.”
Ari Hawkins drove the first of five Baylor home runs in the first inning, sending a solo shot to right center field that was the first of three Baylor runs in the frame. Linsey Hays and Lindsey Cargill added a RBI double and single later in the frame.
Gretchen Aucoin seemed to settle down the Lady Bears from there, escaping a potential jam on an inning-ending double play in the second before Baylor responded with a Clare Hosack solo home run and a Holly Holl RBI single in the third.
Hosack finished 2-for-3 at the plate while matching her career high with five RBI as she also connected on a two-run homer that was part of a six-run Baylor sixth inning. Cargill followed Hosack’s home run in the sixth with a two-run shot of her own en route to finishing 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Baylor’s five home runs and 14 hits were both season highs for a Tech pitching staff that came into the series with the third-lowest ERA in the Big 12.
The early lead was more than enough for Baylor starter Whitney Canion, who held Tech to just one hit – a Samantha Camello RBI single in the second – while striking out 12 in just five innings.
The Red Raiders managed only a season-low two hits in the game as Lea Hopson drove a triple to centerfield off reliever Liz Paul in the sixth inning. It was the third triple of the season for Hopson.
Aucoin (8-4) suffered the loss for Tech after allowing a season-high six runs, five of which were earned, off seven hits and three strikeouts. The Red Raiders used a total of four pitchers as Brittany Talley relieved Aucoin, tossing 1.2 innings before giving way to Chandler Moore and then Cassie McClure.