WACO, Texas – The No. 15 Texas Tech softball team powered 11 hits in an 11-6 win over Baylor to achieve its first three-game sweep over the Bears in program history, Sunday afternoon at Getterman Stadium.
Trenity Edwards and Taylor Satchell led the Red Raiders with one home run each while Satchell paced the pack with four RBI. Eleven Red Raiders successfully reached base and three hitters – Karli Hamilton, Peyton Blythe and Satchell – tallied a pair of hits.
Thanks to a solid defensive effort in the field and strong pitching performance from junior transfer Missy Zoch, the Red Raiders entered the bottom of the fifth inning with an 8-0 lead. Though Baylor tried to make a comeback after a Tech pitching change, Zoch re-entered in the final frame of the game and secured the win to improve to 14-5 this season.
With the win, Tech eclipsed its 31-28 mark from last season and moved to 33-8 and an even 6-6 in Big 12 Conference play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Edwards made Baylor starter Goose McGlaun regret a walk to start the game as she blasted a two-run homer in the top of the first to give Tech an early 2-0 lead.
Tech continued to put runs up on the board in the second after Kelcy Leach and Shelby Henderson drew back-to-back walks on one out. On a fresh count, Satchell unleashed an RBI double and Baylor pulled McGlaun following Tech's third run of the game.
The Bears sent in freshman Kassidy Krupit – who went on to alternate with McGlaun four times – and Hamilton welcomed her to the circle with a two-RBI single up the middle to put Tech up, 5-0.
A two-run top of the third gave Tech some extra breathing room after Blythe and Leach drove in one run each with a double and sacrifice fly, respectively.
Baylor threatened in the bottom half of the inning when a leadoff single and Red Raider error put runners on the corners with no outs. After Zoch's first strikeout of the game, Hamilton made a show-stopping, diving catch to prevent a Baylor run. Zoch continued to deal and closed out the inning with her second strikeout to help Tech escape the jam.
A single from Blythe, paired with an error and a walk, helped Tech load the bases with one out in the top of the fifth. After Baylor's fifth pitching change, Krupit issued a bases-loaded walk to Satchell to extend Tech's lead, 8-0.
However, Baylor came up with a late rally to prevent the run-rule. Freshman pitcher Morgan Hornback entered the circle in relief and a sacrifice fly plated a leadoff triple for Baylor. After what would have been an inning-ending double play, an illegal pitch was called and Krupit hit a two-run homer on the next pitch to cut into Tech's lead, 8-3.
Satchell upped Tech's lead, 10-3, in the top of the seventh with a two-run shot that sailed over the left-center wall – her second hit of the day and ninth home run of the season – and Hamilton kept the offense rolling with a bunt. After the junior stole second, Russell gave Tech its 11th run of the game with an RBI double that she smoked down the right-field line.
Baylor responded in the final frame with a leadoff single and a walk and a sacrifice bunt moved the pair into scoring position with just one out. The Bears shortened the scoring deficit, 11-6, on a two-RBI double and a Tech error and Zoch came back out to the circle to make the final two outs. She fanned the next batter she faced but she then surrendered back-to-back walks to load the bases.
Despite the pressure, Zoch rose to the occasion and struck out Baylor's Lou Gilbert on three straight strikes to clinch the 11-6 victory. Zoch finished the series finale with five strikeouts.
COMING UP NEXT
The Red Raiders return home to Rocky Johnson Field to host the Kansas Jayhawks in a three-game conference series on April 18-20. Live stats, as well as a live stream, will be available for all three games. For all the latest information on the Texas Tech softball team, visit TexasTech.com or follow @TexasTechSB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.