COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Red Raiders (2-2) split day two of the Texas A&M Invitational with a 2-1 win over Texas A&M (2-2) and a 5-0 loss to Central Arkansas (3-4) Sunday evening in College Station.
Tech’s 2-1 comeback win against A&M was the first win over the Aggies since 2007.
Texas A&M 1, Texas Tech 2
The Red Raiders threatened first after a two out hit by pitch put Kelcy Leach on base in the second inning followed by a single to right center from Riley Love that moved runners to the corners. An infield pop-up ended the scoring opportunity.
A leadoff double from Heaven Burton in the third put a runner in scoring position for Tech, but the Red Raiders came up empty when the next three batters were retired.
Texas A&M did not reach base until a leadoff single in the bottom of the third gave the Aggies their first hit of the game. Edmoundson, who retired the first six batters she faced, retired the next three Aggies to keep the game scoreless after three.
The Aggies got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when a line drive shot from Shaylee Ackerman hit off the top of the wall and bounced over for a solo home run. The next batter singled to right field but Edmoundson ended the inning with her fourth strikeout.
Tech had a scoring chance in the sixth when a single from Breanna Russell put a runner on first with one out. Abbie Orrick, pinch running for Russell, moved to second on a passed ball and advanced to third on a groundout from Zoe Jones. With two outs and a Red Raider on third, Arriana Villa hit a hard ground ball that was smothered by the third baseman for the final out of the inning.
Edmoundson made quick work in the bottom half of the inning, retiring the Aggies in order to keep it a one run game headed into the final frame.
A leadoff walk from Yvonne Whaley started off the top of the seventh. A sac bunt from Kelcy Leach moved Whaley to second and an errant throw from the pitcher allowed Leach to reach and Whaley to advance to third. Heads up base running from Jacee Hamlin, running for Leach, moved two runners into scoring position. Hamlin caught the Aggie defense napping on an infield pop-up, tagging up at first before advancing to second. With Tech down to its final strike, Burton put a ball in play that was mishandled by the third baseman, allowing Whaley and Hamlin to score to take a 2-1 lead in the seventh.
The Red Raiders shut Texas A&M out in the bottom half of the inning to come away with the 2-1 victory.
Edmoundson (1-0) picked up her first win of the season, allowing just three hits and one run while striking out four in seven innings of work.
Texas Tech 0, Central Arkansas 5
Small ball helped Central Arkansas in the first inning moving a runner to third off a bunt, steal and ground out. The Bears attempted a squeeze, but Missy Zoch fielded it cleanly and tossed home to Leach for the second out of the inning. A double down the left field line advanced runners to second and third with two outs, but Zoch fanned the next batter to end the UCA scoring threat.
Tech responded with a double down the left field line from Karli Hamilton who moved to third on a sac fly from Russell. Jones walked to put runners on the corners but a line out to center field from Villa ended the inning.
Central Arkansas broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth with a two-run home run to dead center.
A two out single from Whaley in the bottom half of the inning gave Tech some life. Leach walked and a passed ball moved runners to second and third for Love. Love sent a laser to right that was tracked down by the UCA right fielder to end the inning and keep the score at 2-0.
The Bears busted things open in the fifth with a string of singles that plated one run and put runners on first and second with one out. Morgan Hornback entered the game in relief of Zoch who went 4.1 innings with three strikeouts. A two out two RBI double to right field scored two more to put the Bears up by five.
Burton started a rally in the bottom half of the inning, dropping down a perfect bunt for single. A single up the middle from Hamilton put runners on the corners with one out, but a double play ended the inning, keeping Tech off the scoreboard.
Texas Tech had one last chance in the bottom of the seventh as Love started the inning with a single up the middle. Alanna Barraza reached first on a fielder’s choice and Burton came through with a double to left field that put runners on second and third with one out. Russell drew a two-out walk to load the bases for Jones who hit a deep fly ball to center field to end the game.
Release provided by Katie Moseley Texas Tech Athletics