LUBBOCK, Texas – Etching her name in the Texas Tech softball record book, junior Erin Edmoundson helped the Red Raiders to a 2-0 day after throwing a perfect game against Fairleigh Dickinson, Saturday night at Rocky Johnson Field.
Edmoundson is now one of two Red Raiders to ever post a perfect game in Tech's 30-season history. Her clean sheet marked the third perfect game in program history and is the first since Amanda Renfo's in 2001.
Thanks to her efforts, Tech run-ruled the Knights, 8-0, in five innings after scratching out a 2-1 victory over Marist in 9 innings.
"I am so excited for Erin and our team," head coach Adrian Gregory said. "Erin has such great spin and her command is elite. Kelcy Leach called an incredible game and Erin had control of the game the entire time. This is a huge accomplishment for our program."
Yvonne Whaley paced the Red Raider lineup with a 4-for-7 effort at the plate and Heaven Burton was the other Red Raider to record multiple hits (2). Five other Red Raiders – Chloe Cobb, Payton Jackson, Shelby Henderson, Breanna Russell and Tori Whillock – recorded hits and the Red Raiders combined for eight RBI.
Missy Zoch threw seven quality innings against Marist before Edmoundson relieved her of her duties in the top of the eighth. Edmoundson picked up the win against the Red Foxes and then went on to clinch Tech's second victory of the day. Edmoundson improved to 9-4 and the Red Raiders moved to 15-9 on the season.
GAME ONE: TEXAS TECH 2, MARIST 1 (9 innings)
It took nine innings, but the Red Raiders were able to squander a late Red Fox rally thanks to an impressive 3-for-3 effort at the plate from Whaley. Zoch threw a full seven innings and surrendered just five hits and one unearned run. Burton was the other Red Raider to scratch a hit.
After Zoch escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first, Whaley registered Tech's first hit of the day on a textbook bunt in the bottom of the inning. Both teams suffered a scoring drought in the second before an exciting third inning commenced.
After Marist moved runners to first and second, a heads up 4-3-2 ground double play prevented a run at the plate and helped the Red Raiders escape the frame. Tech immediately responded in the bottom of the inning thanks to a leadoff walk to Shelby Henderson.
Pinch runner Miranda Padilla advanced to second on a wild pitch and Whaley's second hit of the day, an RBI single up the middle, scored the sophomore to give the Red Raiders a narrow 1-0 lead.
Zoch kept the Red Foxes off balance through the next three innings but one error, one hit batter and one base hit evened up the game, 1-1, in the top of the seventh. Tech was unable to respond in the bottom of the inning and both teams entered extra-inning territory.
After a leadoff single in the top of the eighth, Edmoundson replaced Zoch in the circle. She immediately fielded a sacrifice bunt and used a strikeout and a slick grab from Russell at third to end the frame.
Tech was unable to get on base in the bottom of the eighth but Edmoundson dealt two strikeouts and another grounder to send the Red Raiders back to the dish.
Determined to end the deadlock, Burton laid down a perfect bunt to give the Red Raiders a base runner on one out. Already boasting two hits on the day, Whaley took advantage of a hitter's count and blasted a game-winning RBI double over the head of the Marist left fielder. Burton sprinted around the bases to end the marathon and Whaley's third hit of the day clinched the 2-1 victory over the Red Foxes.
Edmoundson picked up the relief win and Tech improved to 14-9 on the season.
GAME TWO: TEXAS TECH 8, FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 0 (5 innings)
In a spotless game on the Red Raiders' end, Tech's fourth run-rule of the season couldn't have been sweeter. The Red Raiders combined for seven hits through five innings and Edmoundson was flawless in the circle.
After a quick 1-2-3 outing to kick off the first inning, the Tech offense went to work and jumped on the board early. Using her speed to her advantage, Whaley forced an error to reach first base and a single from Russell placed runners on the corners. A walk to Hamilton in the next at-bat gave Tech extra ammunition, but Whaley was able to score on a wild pitch and the Red Raiders kicked off their crusade with a 1-0 lead.
Edmoundson and the Red Raiders used their second-straight three up, three down frame to head back to the dugout in the second and Tech kept the pressure on the Knight defense.
After a walk to Jones and a fielder's choice placed runners on first and second, and a long fly out – that nearly left the park – from Henderson moved the pair into scoring position. Another walk loaded the bases, but an unlucky fielder's choice and strikeout ended the threat.
Edmoundson used a strikeout, pop up and a ground out to keep Fairleigh Dickinson out of the game in the top of the third and she registered her fourth and fifth strikeouts for the first two outs of the fourth. A phenomenal diving catch by Hamilton in center field prevented a hit from dropping for out number three and Tech was able to carry the momentum to the plate.
Jackson drew a leadoff walk and Peyton Blythe produced a sacrifice bunt to move her over to scoring position. Adding some separation, Henderson blasted an RBI double through right-center field gap and Jackson scored from second to give Tech a 2-0 lead. Burton and Whaley singled in the following at-bats, priming pinch hitter Chloe Cobb for a key opportunity.
After falling to 0-1 in the count, Cobb crushed a base-clearing double down the left-field line to give the Red Raiders a comfortable 5-0 advantage. However, the freshman wasn't done and used aggressive base running to up Tech's lead. She motored to third on a wild pitch and took advantage of a sauntering Knight behind the plate. Cobb took off for home and safely slid across home plate to put Tech ahead, 6-0.
A dropped ball in foul territory allowed pinch-hitter Brianna Cantu to walk and a hit from Whillock that later developed into an error moved runners into scoring position. After batting through the Red Raider lineup, Jackson delivered the final offensive blow and used a two-RBI double (that nearly left the park) to put Tech ahead, 8-0.
Needing just three outs to make Texas Tech history, Edmoundson induced an easy pop up in foul territory for out number one. Her sixth strikeout of the day marked out number two and she secured her perfect game with strikeout number seven to end the contest.
COMING UP NEXT
The Red Raiders are set to close out the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic tomorrow with an 11 a.m. contest against Delaware State. Live stats, as well as a live stream, will be available for the game. For all the latest information on the Texas Tech softball team, visit TexasTech.com or follow @TexasTechSB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.