LUBBOCK, Texas – Two strong offensive outings helped the Texas Tech softball team (17-1) to a pair of wins over North Texas and UT Arlington on the final day of the 2019 Texas Tech Invitational, Saturday at Rocky Johnson Field.
The Red Raider offense combined for 30 hits – 16 against North Texas and 14 against UT Arlington – and 16 runs through two complete games. Zoe Jones sent one ball sailing out of the park and senior All-American Jessica Hartwell led the lineup with two home runs and four RBI.
Erin Edmoundson (10-1) and Missy Zoch (6-0) both recorded victories and helped Tech improve to a near-perfect 17-1 overall record.
GAME 1 – Texas Tech 8, North Texas 1
Edmoundson picked up her 10th win of the season and helped the Red Raiders improve to 16-1 on the year with a dominant, 8-1 victory over the Mean Green. Tech recorded a season-high 16 hits against North Texas and the pitching staff limited the visiting team to just two hits and one run.
After a slow start against the Mean Green yesterday evening, the Red Raiders jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the second after Tech powered six hits off North Texas starter Bailey Tindell. Breanna Russell led off the inning with a walk and she was able to advance to third on a steal and North Texas throwing error.
The next at-bat, senior shortstop Taylor Satchell drove in the first run of the game on a single up the middle. Following suit, five Red Raiders – Jones, Kelcy Leach, Yvonne Whaley, Heaven Burton and Karli Hamilton – recorded consecutive singles to push across three more runs.
Both teams were held silent in the third, but Tech added onto its lead in the bottom of the fourth after Hamilton smacked a two-out double to left center. Hartwell drove her in on the next at-bat with a single to second to give Tech a commanding five-run lead.
Edmoundson tallied seven strikeouts and kept the Mean Green off the board through the first four innings, but North Texas answered back with one run in the top of the fifth. However, an RBI single from Jones in the bottom of the frame evened out the inning and made it a 6-1 ball game in favor of the Red Raiders.
Zoch entered the circle in relief to start the sixth inning and posted the Tech defense’s fifth scoreless inning. Helping the Tech offense extend its lead, a two-run home run from Hartwell in the bottom of the inning lifted the Red Raiders to an 8-1 advantage.
Heading into the final inning, Zoch used two strikeouts and a line out to claim the Red Raiders’ 8-1 victory over the Mean Green.
GAME 2 – Texas Tech 8, UT Arlington 4
The Red Raiders’ hitting streak carried over against the Mavericks as Tech tallied 14 hits in the team’s 8-4 victory over UT Arlington. Morgan Hornback made her second start of the season and tossed 3.2 innings against the Mavericks.
Satchell and Leach led the Tech lineup with three hits apiece while Hartwell highlighted the Red Raiders’ offensive efforts with the 43rd home run of her career.
After Hornback held the Mavericks off in the top of the first, two one-out singles and a hit batter loaded the bases for Satchell in the bottom of the inning. On a 1-1 count, the senior scorched a two-RBI single over the head of the head of the UT Arlington shortstop to give the Red Raiders an early, 2-0 lead.
Jones drew a walk to load the bases a second time and Leach made it a 3-0 ball game with a deep sacrifice fly to center.
Neither team was able to scratch across a run in the second but Satchell got Tech rolling in the bottom of the third with her second single of the game. On an even 2-2 count, Jones added onto Tech’s lead with a two-run blast over the left-field wall – the second homer of her career.
Leach drove a pitch into center field in the next at-bat and Kiana Workman picked up her first hit of the season on a single to left field. Down 0-2 in the count, Yvonne Whaley drove in one run on a smoked double to put the Red Raiders up by six.
UT Arlington used five hits to push across four runs in the top of the fourth to cut into Tech’s lead. Hornback surrendered three runs before Zoch entered the circle in relief. One more run crossed the plate, shortening the Red Raiders’ lead 6-4 before a grounder to Zoch ended the frame.
Four scoreless innings passed by before a two-run homer from Hartwell – her second of the day – put Tech up 7-4 in the bottom of the sixth. Satchell’s third hit of the day registered as a double to right center and Leach gave Tech extra cushion with an RBI single up the middle.
Standing tall through the final inning, Zoch clinched the 8-4 victory with a strikeout and a heads-up double play from Jones at second. Zoch, who entered in relief, fanned three hitters in 3.1 innings and improved to 6-0 on the season.
COMING UP NEXT
The Red Raiders return to action on Tuesday, Mar. 5, for a doubleheader against UTEP at Rocky Johnson Field. Live stats, as well as live streams, will be available. For all the latest information on the Texas Tech softball team, visit TexasTech.com or follow @TexasTechSB on Twitter and Instagram.