Tech closes CSUN Tournament with three Sunday wins

Tech closes CSUN Tournament with three Sunday wins

Karli Hamilton Karli Hamilton

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Texas Tech softball picked up a trifecta of victories Sunday on the final day of the CSUN Tournament, earning a 4-1 win over Oregon State before completing 9-5 and 7-1 victories against CSUN at Matador Diamond.
 
After taking down the Beavers (17-9) Sunday morning, the Red Raiders (16-8) finished off the final three outs from Friday night's suspended contest against CSUN (10-17) for a 9-5 win. Tech then topped CSUN 7-1 in a game that was postponed on Saturday due to rainy conditions.
 
With the wins, Tech finishes up its first weekend in California 4-1, matching Oregon State for the best record at the CSUN Tournament. Overall, Tech has won eight of its last eight of its last nine games and 13 of its last 16.
 
The catalyst on Sunday was dominant efforts in the circle from sophomore Kassidy Scott and freshman Erin Edmoundson. Against the Beavers, Scott (4-3) gave up just one run on seven hits with two strikeouts and no walks to earn her ninth complete game of her career.
 
Edmoundson (10-2) followed by earning her first-career save in the 9-5 win over CSUN and then tossed a complete game against the Matadors, giving up a run on four hits with two strikeouts and three walks. It marked her third complete game of the season and secures her spot as the sixth Red Raider in program history to win 10 games as a freshman, following Scott in 2017.
 
Despite an early start after daylight savings time went into effect Sunday morning, the Red Raiders jumped on the Beavers from the start, scoring three runs in the first inning. Redshirt freshman Heaven Burton set the tone with a leadoff double and was later brought home on a fielder's choice from junior Jessica Hartwell. After a double from junior Kiana Workman plated a run, Hartwell would come home on an RBI ground out from outfielder Karli Hamilton to make it 3-0 after one.
 
The Beavers put a run across in the third, but Tech would match it in the fifth on an RBI single to left field from Workman. The shortstop led the Red Raiders at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI as Tech closed out the win.
 
Tech's next task was recording the final three outs of Friday night's game against CSUN, which was suspended due to darkness, and Edmoundson would make quick work of the Matador seventh to finish the win.
 
Hartwell homered in the win, her 10th of the season. Burton, Hamilton and freshman Breanna Russell all tallied multi-hit games with Hamilton and Russell driving in three RBI each.
 
Powell was credited for the win after throwing 4.0 innings in relief and giving up three runs on five hits. Edmoundson came in with Tech leading 6-5 in the sixth to register the two-inning save.
 
In the tournament finale, Tech and CSUN traded runs in the first inning. Burton led off the game with a triple and was knocked in on a sacrifice fly from redshirt freshman Michaela Cochran.
 
With the score even at 1-1, Russell ripped a double down the line in left to score Workman and put Tech back in front. One batter later, senior Allison Knopp would leave the building for her third dinger of the season to make it 4-1.
 
After giving up three hits in the first two frames, Edmoundson got on a roll and didn't surrender another hit until the seventh after the Red Raiders had stretched their lead to 7-1. Tech started the seventh with three infield singles to move the lead to 5-1, and Hartwell sent a double to left center that plated the final two runs.
 
UP NEXT
The Red Raiders will remain in California and travel to No. 21 Long Beach State for a midweek tilt on Wednesday, March 14 at 4 p.m. CT.

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