LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech softball fell to No. 7 Oklahoma, 12-0, Saturday in five innings on a cold and dreary day at Rocky Johnson Field.
After a tight 4-2 battle Friday night in which the Sooners came out on top, Oklahoma outhit the Red Raiders 14-1 Saturday, plating three runs in the third, six in the fourth and three more in the fifth on their way to the victory. The series victory is Oklahoma’s sixth straight against Tech.
“I thought we played the game yesterday really well, and today we gave them some outs, and you can’t give great teams extra outs or extra at bats,” head coach Adrian Gregory said. “Oklahoma is a great ball club. (Paige) Parker threw really well, but I thought Ashley Fultz had great at bats all day. It is really fun to watch seniors come in and have a great day and we get to continue that tomorrow.”
Two-time Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Paige Parker kept the Red Raider bats at bay giving up just one hit in four innings of work.
Senior Ashley Fultz got the lone hit of the day for the Red Raiders, driving a double down the left field line in the bottom of the third inning. She later advanced to third on a wild pitch, but would be stranded there.
Tech got its second base runner of the game in the bottom of the fifth as senior Camaury Washington pinch hit and drew a base on balls in her first career Big 12 plate appearance.
The Red Raiders used a season-high five pitchers in the game with freshman Kassidy Scott getting the loss after pitching 2.1 innings and giving up three runs on six hits with a strikeout. Senior Mattison Maisel spelled her in relief to close the third. Junior Cheyene Powell, senior Dominique Alcocer and freshman Hannah Broseman also made appearances.
With the loss, Texas Tech falls to 17-28 and 4-13 in Big 12 play. The Sooners improve to 43-8 and stand atop the league standings at 13-1.
Tech’s home finale will begin at noon Sunday as the Red Raiders and Sooner wrap up the three-game series.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
On the seniors…
These kids have given up so much of their time and life to be here and to work hard. Any time that we can give them credit and give them some at bats its great. Our kids go crazy every time Camaury (Washington) gets a walk. That is a big deal and that means our kids enjoy each other. That means they are working hard together and they are working for something bigger themselves, and that is what we expect of them and that is what we want for them.”
Texas Tech celebrated three of its nine seniors Saturday, including outfielders Sarah Weber, Camaury Washington and Kierra Miles.
Texas Tech moves to 7-47 all-time versus Oklahoma and has lost 14 straight.
Freshman pitcher Kassidy Scott has now started 14 of 17 Big 12 games this season and leads the league in appearances with 38.
Tech was held to one hit for the first time in Big 12 play this season.
Senior pitcher Dominique Alcocer made her first Big 12 appearance of the season.
This marked the only game this season in which Tech has used all five of its pitchers.
Sophomore Kiani Ramsey had her six-game hit streak snapped.
Senior Ashley Fultz recorded her fifth double of the season.
The Red Raiders, who lead the Big 12 in home runs, failed to go yard for the second straight game after hitting a home run in seven consecutive games.
The Red Raiders fall to 1-14 when scoring two runs or less.