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Texas Tech softball drops series finale to Kansas

Texas Tech (19-16, 2-4) dropped the series finale against Kansas (12-20, 1-5) by a score of...
Texas Tech (19-16, 2-4) dropped the series finale against Kansas (12-20, 1-5) by a score of 10-4 Sunday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field.(Texas Tech Athletics)
Published: Apr. 3, 2022 at 4:46 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech (19-16, 2-4) dropped the series finale against Kansas (12-20, 1-5) by a score of 10-4 Sunday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field.

The Red Raiders gave up four home runs for the second game this series, this time proving costly as home runs accounted for nine of the Jayhawks 10 runs scored.

Kansas struck first with a couple of home runs to take a 4-0 advantage in the top of the first. The first run came on a solo shot from Ashlyn Anderson. A walk and a single put two on for Cheyenne Hornbuckle who took a ball to right field for a three-run home run, chasing Kendall Fritz out of the game. Olivia Rains entered in relief to get the Red Raiders out of the inning.

Tech got one run back in the bottom half of the inning on a two-out RBI single from Ellie Bailey that scored Payton Jackson.

The Jayhawks pushed the lead back to four in the second inning after a ball hit hard to the right side took a bad bounce getting through the infield to score the runner from second, 5-1.

Back-to-back singles from Jackson and Carson Armijo put a couple of Red Raiders on with one out in the bottom of the third, but a double play would end the inning and the scoring threat.

Rains settled in nicely after giving up the run in the second, pitching three shutdown innings, retiring 10 straight Jayhawks to keep the Red Raiders in the game heading into the bottom of the fifth.

The Red Raiders cut the deficit to one in the fifth to make it 5-4. Back-to-back singles from Jackson and Armijo got things started yet again and Bailey drove home Jackson with her second RBI single of the day. Miscues allowed two more runs to score as a wild pitch got past the Lyric Moore to bring home Armijo and an errant throw back to the plate brought in Bailey.

A pinch-hit two-out, two-run home run put the Jayhawk lead back to three in the top of the sixth. Sara Roszak, pinch hitting for Macy Omli, went deep to left for the third Jayhawk home run of the day to make it 7-4. Erna Carlin entered in relief of Rains and threw one pitch to get the Red Raiders out of the inning.

Kansas added more insurance in the top of the seventh with their fourth home run of the game to push the lead to 10-4. This time it was Peyton Renzi sending an 0-2 pitch over the center field wall to plate three.

The Red Raiders brought the top of the order to the plate in the bottom of the seventh as Jackson and Armijo recorded their third hits of the game, but Bailey grounded into a double play to end the game.

Fritz (11-7) took the loss in the circle for the Red Raiders, giving up four runs on three hits in just two-thirds innings pitched. Rains went 5.0 innings giving up three runs on four hits and a season-high five strikeouts. Carlin finished the game in the circle allowing three runs on one hit.

NOTABLES

Payton Jackson, Carson Armijo and Ellie Bailey were responsible for all 8 of Tech’s hits. Jackson reached base four times in the game with three hits. Armijo recorded three hits for the second straight game. Bailey tallied both RBIs for the Red Raiders.

Three of Kansas’ four home runs came with two outs and nine of the 10 Jayhawk runs were scored with two outs.

Arriana Villa’s reached base streak ended at 15 games after she failed to reach in the series finale.

Through two weekends of conference play, Ellie Bailey is batting .500 with nine hits, two doubles, one home run and five RBI.

UP NEXT

The Red Raiders will host top-ranked Oklahoma April 8-10 at Rocky Johnson Field.