WACO, Texas – A strong offensive outing, combined with an excellent effort in the circle, helped the No. 15 Texas Tech softball team muscle its way to an 11-2, six-inning run-rule over Baylor to clinch the three-game series, Saturday afternoon at Getterman Stadium.
Kelcy Leach and Karli Hamilton highlighted Tech's 11-hit performance with one home run apiece and Hamilton was one of three Red Raiders to collect a double. Breanna Russel and Taylor Satchell were the other two batters to power doubles from the batter's box and Satchell drilled another extra-base hit for Tech's 11th triple of the season.
Sophomore Erin Edmoundson, who improved to 15-2 this season, surrendered just three hits and two runs against the Bears. The southpaw gathered four strikeouts in six complete innings and the Red Raiders rose to 32-8 on the season and 5-6 in Big 12 play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Mirroring yesterday's series opener, Tech pushed across a run in the first to take an early lead. Heaven Burtonbeat out a throw on a textbook bunt to give Tech its first base runner of the game. Two consecutive wild pitches moved the sophomore all the way to third and back-to-back walks loaded the bases.
On two outs, Jessica Hartwell stepped up and drilled a single up the middle. Baylor shortstop Lou Gilbert made a diving stop but she was unable to make a play and Burton crossed home plate to give Tech a 1-0 lead.
Baylor placed runners on third in the first and second innings, but Edmoundson and the Tech defense held firm and escaped the jam without surrendering a run.
After a scoreless third inning, Leach extended the Red Raider's lead, 2-0, with a leadoff home run in the top of the fourth – her seventh hit to leave the ballpark this season.
Edmoundson posted her first 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the fourth, but back-to-back errors in the bottom of the fifth put Bears on the corners with no outs. The defense responded with two quick outs but, as Zoe Jonesmade a diving stop at second, she was unable to make a play and two Baylor runs came home to tie up the game at two runs apiece.
Determined to stay in the fight, Satchell sparked a nine-run top of the sixth with a leadoff triple that ricocheted off the top of the right-field wall. An RBI double from Hamilton put Tech back on top, 3-2, and an RBI double from Russell gave Tech a two-run lead with one out.
After Tech regained the lead, Baylor sent pitcher Madison Lindsey into the circle to relieve starter Sidney Holman (10-15). The Tech offense never wavered and Lindsey walked in two more runs. Another pitching change followed the trio of walks and Baylor's Goose McGlaun slid over from first to take over the circle.
A wild pitch allowed Tech's sixth run to cross the plate and Satchell upped the Red Raiders' score, 8-2, thanks to a two-RBI double in her second at-bat of the inning. Hungry for more, Hamilton added even more cushion in the next at-bat when she blasted a three-run home run that went soaring over the left-field wall.
Down 11-2 in the final inning, the Bears tried to respond and loaded the bases thanks to two free trips to first and a single up the middle. However, with one out remaining, the Tech defense stood tall and a fly ball out to Hamilton in center stifled the Baylor comeback.
COMING UP NEXT
The Red Raiders will close out the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. Live stats will be available for the series finale. For all the latest information on the Texas Tech softball team, visit TexasTech.com or follow @TexasTechSB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.