LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech softball team received a complete-game performance out of senior Cheyene Powell and the bats got hot early as the Red Raiders overwhelmed New Mexico, 8-1, Saturday afternoon in the final game of the 2018 Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic.
With the win, Tech (12-7) finished 4-1 on the weekend and 8-2 in its 10-game home stand. The Red Raiders will hit the road next week, spending 10 days in California throughout spring break, before returning home to host Big 12 foe Oklahoma State March 29-31.
"I thought they did a really good job from Friday afternoon to today," head coach Adrian Gregory said. "We did a good job at being resilient and keeping our foot on the gas pedal, and that's hard to do whenever you're not feeling your best or maybe you're mad at yourself. I'm proud of them for coming out here today and pushing through."
Powell (1-3) went the distance for the third time in her career and tallied the third complete game for the Tech pitching staff this season. The Blanchard, Okla., native surrendered just one unearned run on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks on the day.
"I though Cheyene threw really well today," Gregory said. "She kept their hitters off balance and our defense made some plays. We will expect more and more in the long run down the stretch. It was a really big game for her. I hope she puts that in her tank and it fuels her moving forward."
Junior Jessica Hartwell continued her dominance at the plate with a three-run home run in the fourth, marking her sixth home run of the week and ninth on the year to lead the Big 12. The Galt, Calif. Native has gone yard in five of the last seven games and leads the conference with a 1.149 slugging percentage.
"Jess is feeling good at the plate," Gregory said. "She sat on a change, which isn't easy, and I'm sure they didn't know what to throw her. It's fun because they feel good about how they are playing the game right now. This is what you want as you continue to more forward into the season."
Eight of nine batters in the lineup recorded hits for the Red Raiders on Sunday. Outfielder Heaven Burton led the charge at the top of the lineup, going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Fellow outfielder Karli Hamilton hit her second home run of the season and ninth of her career to join Hartwell with three RBI.
The bats started hot for Tech in the bottom of the first as Burton led off with a double and scored on a single from junior Kiana Workman. After Edmoundson reached on a fielder's choice and stole second, Hamilton belted a homer to center field to make it a 4-0 ball game after one.
Following a double from junior Taylor Satchell and a bunt single from Burton in the fifth, Hartwell blasted a two-out dinger to left that expanded the Tech lead to 7-1. The Red Raiders tacked on one more in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from freshman Breanna Russell.
New Mexico (3-17) pushed across its lone run on the day in the fourth inning. After a throwing fielding error in the infield allowed Lobo Chelsea Johnson to reach third, catcher Sydney Broderick knocked a single into left that plated Johnson. Jensen Main (1-7) took the loss in the circle for the Lobos.
Texas Tech improves to 8-2 at home on the year
Tech now has its second-longest winning streak on the year at four games.
Heaven Burton and Michaela Cochran both have 11-game hitting streaks.
Jessica Hartwell now has a 1.163 slugging percentage on the year.
Hartwell is up to 26-career home runs and is two off from breaking into the school's top five of all-time.
Texas Tech improves to 19-17 all-time against New Mexico against the Lobos in Lubbock.
Texas Tech takes its show to the West Coast for 11 games in 10 days in California. Tech starts with five games in Northridge, Calif., March 9-11, before a midweek road bout at Long Beach State on March 14, and then finishes with five games in Riverside, Calif., March 16-18.
Following the spring break trip, Tech begins Big 12 play at Oklahoma March 23-25 and then hosts its Big 12 home opener March 29-31 against Oklahoma State.