LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech softball team posted another dominating win at Rocky Johnson Field thanks to a 12-0 shutout against Midland College on Thursday night.
The Red Raiders went off for 12 runs on 14 hits while pitchers Missy Zoch, Morgan Hornback and Kamryn Caldwell limited the Chaparrals to just two. Additionally, Peyton Blythe, Miranda Padilla and Hornback highlighted the Tech offense with home runs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Zoch and the Tech defense stonewalled Midland to start the first and the Red Raiders collected three runs in the bottom of the frame thanks to hits from Blythe and Breanna Russell.
Tech held off the Chaparrals once more in the top of the second and two-RBI single off the bat of Zoe Jones extended Tech's lead, 5-0.
The Red Raiders sat down the Chaparrals in order in the top of the third and Tech answered with the long ball in the bottom half of the inning. Blythe kicked off the frame with a solo shot that sailed over the center-field wall and Shelby Henderson followed up with a single through the left side. After the base hit, Padilla powered a two-run homer over the wall to put Tech ahead, 8-0.
Zoch and Hornback (who entered the circle in the top of the fifth) retired the next six Chaparrals in order and a trio of hits from Alanna Barraza, Yvonne Whaley and Amanda DeSario allowed one more Tech run to cross the plate in the bottom of the fifth.
Hornback posted a three-up, three-down frame in the top of the sixth and gave the Red Raiders their 10th run of the night thanks to a solo homer on two outs.
After being held off for six straight innings, Midland collected their first hit of the night in the top of the seventh. However, Hornback silenced the rally and used an easy grounder to third to send Tech back to the dugout.
From there, DeSario made it an 11-0 game on a sacrifice fly to deep left field and Jones added a 12-run separation with an RBI double to right-center field.
Adding on one extra inning, Kamryn Caldwell entered the circle in relief in the top of the eighth. After an error and a single, the Chaparrals placed runners on the corners with no outs. The Red Raiders picked up their first out of the inning in a run-down and an easy grounder to third marked the second out. The Chaparrals put the ball in play in the next at-bat, but it struck the foot of a Midland base runner and Caldwell escaped the jam to clinch Tech's 12-0 victory.
COMING UP NEXT
The Red Raiders are set to wrap up their fall slate next week with their annual Red & Black Scrimmage on Oct. 9-11. Admission is free 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.