FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Texas Tech softball got back in the win column Sunday with a split in its final two contests of the regular season, defeating South Dakota 6-2 before falling to Colorado State 4-3 to close play at the Ram Classic in Fort Collins.
Sophomore Jessica Hartwell continued her impressive play this weekend adding two more home runs Sunday to her one from Saturday and driving in four runs on the day, helping Texas Tech move to 18-34 overall with a 4-14 mark in the Big 12.
The win against South Dakota was Tech's first win since April 9 against Kansas. The Red Raiders matched their Big 12 pre-season ranking with a sixth place finish and will head to the Big 12 Championships next weekend in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Red Raiders begin pool play Friday taking on No. 4-seed Texas at 11 a.m. at Integris Field before facing No. 1-seed Oklahoma at 7 p.m. at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
"It is exciting to go to Oklahoma City and play at Hall of Fame Stadium," head coach Adrian Gregory said. "It is a big opportunity that not all Big 12 teams have, and we are excited about that. We have some kids playing very hard and really well. Jessica Hartwell continues to lead us in both of those categories, and I believe 100% that the first directly impacts the second. Kassidy Scott continues to work very hard for us on the mound and has really given us a change to be in some ball games. We are elated to continue this journey and have another opportunity at some opponents that we felt slipped away."
In the win against South Dakota (21-29, 10-8 Summit League), the Red Raiders batted around in the second, exploding for six runs on six hits and capitalizing on three Coyote errors to jump in front, 6-1. Senior Kierra Miles had an RBI double and freshman Raina O'Neal connected on an RBI triple in the frame, which was Tech's highest scoring inning since plating 13 in the first inning against Iowa State on March 24.
Freshman Kassidy Scott pitched a complete game, her eighth of the season, allowing two runs on six hits with a season-high seven strikeouts. With the win, she becomes the fifth Red Raider freshman to record 10 wins on the season.
In game two of the day, Texas Tech jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Colorado State (26-20, 8-13 Mountain West) in the top of the first as sophomore Jessica Hartwell blasted her second home run of the weekend, a two-run shot to left field that gave Texas Tech the early advantage.
The Rams threatened the next half inning and got on the scoreboard thanks to a bases-loaded walk. The Red Raider defense, however, helped Tech minimize the damage with a 2-6-3-2 double play that tagged out a pair of Ram baserunners.
Colorado State went in front in the fourth with three runs in the frame. Hartwell cut the lead to 4-3 in the sixth with a moonshot to center, marking her 11th blast of the season, 19th of her career and first career multi-home run game.
After a solid outing Saturday, junior Cheyene Powell received the start and went 1.1 innings. Senior Mattison Maisel records the loss after tossing 3.2 innings, allowing three runs on two hits.
Texas Tech's season continues next week as it heads to Oklahoma City as the six seed in the Big 12 Championship. The Red Raiders begin pool play Friday taking on No. 4-seed Texas at 11 a.m. at Integris Field before facing No. 1-seed Oklahoma at 7 p.m. at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
The win snapped a 13-game losing streak for Tech.
Texas Tech moves to 1-2 all-time versus South Dakota.
Freshman Kassidy Scott becomes the fifth Red Raider in program history to record 10 wins in her freshman season.
Tech's six-run second inning was its highest scoring inning since plating 13 in the first inning against Iowa State on March 24.
Three Red Raiders had mulit-hit games: O'Neal, Ramsey and Fultz.
Texas Tech falls to 2-6 all-time versus Colorado State
Hartwell had her first career multi-home run game. She finished second on the team with 11 on the season and has 19th for her career.
Hartwell has hit safely in seven of the last nine games.
Miles is one hit shy of becoming the first Red Raider ever with four 50+ hit seasons.
The Red Raiders turned two double plays in a game for the second time this season.
Texas Tech is outscoring foes 37-21 in the first inning this season.
Tech moves to 14-20 in non-conference play this season.
Ramsey has 23 hits in the last 18 games.