AUSTIN, Texas – Texas scored two runs in three different innings Sunday afternoon en route to clinching the series with Texas Tech after a 7-3 victory in rainy conditions at McCombs Field.
The loss dropped the Red Raiders to 28-14 overall and 1-5 in Big 12 Conference play, while Texas improves to 23-16 overall and 3-1 in league action.
The bottom of Texas’ lineup pushed the Longhorns throughout the series finale as the 7-9 hitters in Mandy Ogle (2-for-4), Devon Dunning (2-for-4) and Stephanie Ceo (2-for-3) all finished with two hits.
Dunning drove in three RBI with a run-scoring triple in the second inning and then a two-run homer in the fifth. She scored Ogle in the second after the catcher led off the frame with her first of two doubles.
Ceo added a RBI single later in the second that chased Tech starter Cara Custer (11-6) with the Longhorns leading 3-0 early. Custer took the loss after allowing three runs off three hits in just an inning of work.
She was relieved by Brittany Talley, who surrendered the final four runs off six hits and a pair of walks before Gretchen Aucoin entered to keep Texas off the board over the final two frames.
Texas starter Tiarra Davis (11-7), making her third start in the series, picked up the win with her second complete game of the weekend after allowing three runs, two of which were earned, off six hits while striking out eight.
Sydnie Tapia and Kierra Miles combined for four of Tech’s six hits as Tapia went 2-for-4 while Miles was 2-for-3 overall. It was the second-straight game where Tapia finished with at least two hits.
Tapia drove in Tech’s first run in the third inning, sending a single to center field that scored Kady Crow. The Red Raiders added their final two runs off a Texas error in the sixth inning and then a Cassie McClure sacrifice fly in the seventh.
The Red Raiders had opportunities to make their way back in the game but managed to strand nine runners on base, including the bases loaded in the fourth. Texas finished with 10 runners left on base as well.
The Longhorns responded with a leadoff triple from Ceo in the bottom half of the fourth. Brejae Washington followed with a RBI single and then scored minutes later off a RBI double from Lindsey Stephens that broke the game open for Texas.
The Red Raiders return to Rocky Johnson Field next weekend to host a three-game series with Oklahoma State. The series begins with a 7 p.m. first pitch Friday evening.