ARLINGTON, Texas – Senior Allison Knopp and junior Jessica Hartwell connected on two home runs each to fuel the Texas Tech softball team to a 12-5 win at UT Arlington Tuesday.
Tech (2-3) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second off a towering solo shot from Knopp, her first career home run. With the scored tied at 1-1, the Red Raiders plated four in the fifth, three in the sixth and four in the seventh to seize control of the game and take a 12-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh.
Knopp, who narrowly missed a third home run with a double off the wall in the seventh, finished 3-for-4 with two RBI while Hartwell hit a pair of three-run bombs to finish 3-for-3 with six RBI and a pair of walks.
The duo led Tech’s best offensive performance of the season, with highmarks in home runs, hits and runs. In all, eight Red Raiders recorded hits with outfielders Karli Hamilton and Michaela Cochran adding two apiece.
Sophomore Kassidy Scott picked up her second win of the season after tossing 4.1 innings and allowing just one run on five hits with two strikeouts. Freshman Erin Emoundson and sophomore Hannah Broseman combined for 2.2 innings of relief.
The Mavericks (3-2) were led by infielders Whitney Walton and Sandra Mendoza, both of whom tallied two hits. Starter Joanna Valencia moved to 2-1 on the season after giving up five runs on six hits through 4.1 innings.
Knopp and Hartwell both went yard in the fifth as part of Tech’s four run frame. Knopp hit one off the scoreboard in right center field to lead off the inning before Hartwell hit a three-run blast to right center that would bring home Cochran and senior Kaylee Strickland.
Tech extended their lead in the sixth as a liner into center was too hot for Maverick Bri Burchianti to handle, allowing Hamilton to score her first run of the season. One batter later, freshman Erin Edmoundson ripped a base hit into right that scored Hartwell and Workman, giving Tech an 8-1 lead.
The Red Raiders busted the game wide open in the top of the seventh with four more runs, three of which came off a no-doubter from Hartwell. The Galt, Calif., native has hit safely in all five games this season, boasting a .429 batting average, .857 slugging percentage and a team-best six walks.
Texas Tech now leads the all-time series with UTA 13-4
The Red Raiders have won 11 straight against the Mavericks
Gregory improves to 3-0 against UTA, scoring 10-plus runs in all three games
Tech finished with a season-high five stolen bases
Freshman Marissa Mirabal and redshirt sophomore Karli Hamilton recorded their first career stolen bases
Freshman Olga Zamarripa received her first career action
Texas Tech gears up for four games at the UCF Tournament in Orlando, Fla., Friday-Saturday, Feb. 17-18.The Red Raiders have a pair of games against Hofstra along with one against both UCF and Florida A&M.