ORLANDO, Fla. – The Texas Tech softball team closed play at the UCF Tournament Sunday. The Red Raiders started the day with a 2-1 loss to Florida A&M before rebounding with a 4-2 win over Hofstra at the UCF Softball Complex in Orlando.
Tech (4-5) closed the weekend 2-2 with wins over Hofstra (7-3) and UCF (5-4) and a pair of one-run losses to Hofstra and Florida A&M (3-6). The Knights and Pride conclude the event with the tournament finale Monday.
In the win over Hofstra, Tech freshman Erin Edmoundson pitched a complete game for her first career win. The lefty gave up just two earned runs on seven hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
Redshirt freshman Heaven Burton had her best career outing, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI against the Pride. Outfielder Michaela Cochran posted her fourth multi-hit game of the season with two hits, a double and a run scored, while Karli Hamiltonknocked in a pair of runs.
Texas Tech got to Hofstra starter Sarah Cornell early with two runs in the first. Burton led off with a single and was moved to third on a double to left from Cochran. Hamilton brought the first run home with a groundout to second, before a sac fly from junior Kiana Workman drove in the second run to give Tech the early 2-0 lead.
Hofstra responded with two in the bottom of the first thanks to a two-run homer from Sarah Edwards, who led the Pride by going 3-3 with the long ball.
Tech added to its lead in the top of the third as freshman Claire McKissick was the first of three straight Red Raiders to knock base hits. With the bases loaded, Hamilton brought McKissick in with a sac fly to center field, putting the Red Raiders back in front 3-2.
In the seventh, freshman Olga Zamarripa led off by taking one for the team. She was moved to second by Edmoundson and then crossed the plate on a two-out single from Burton.
In the first game of the day, senior Cheyene Powell gave Tech 5.1 strong innings in the circle against Florida A&M, tossing hitless ball for the first four frames. The Rattlers broke a scoreless tie in the sixth with a bases-loaded single that fell just out of reach of a diving Cochran in center field.
Tech battled back in the seventh with back-to-back singles from Workman and Russell to start things off. A one-out double from McKissick would cut the lead in half, and then a walk from senior Allison Knopp loaded the bases with one out. The Rattlers sniffed out a suicide squeeze attempt from the Red Raiders for out No. 2, and then got a groundball to first for the final out of the game.
Tech outhit the Rattlers, 4-2, with Hartwell, Russell Workman and McKissick all recording hits. Taylor Rosider led Florida A&M with a hit and two RBI. Kyaira Brown earned the complete-game win for FAMU.
Texas Tech opens its home slate next week with a midweek tilt against Abilene Christian set for Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. The Red Raiders will then host Northwestern State for three games Friday-Saturday, Feb. 23-24.