OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Texas Tech softball dropped its opening game at the 2017 Big 12 Championship Friday, falling 7-1 to fourth-seeded Texas at Integris Field inside ASA Hall of Fame Stadium Complex.
The No. 6-seeded Red Raiders (18-35 overall, 4-14 Big 12) continue pool play tonight against top-seeded Oklahoma (47-8 overall, 17-1 Big 12) at 7:30 p.m. at OGE Energy Field, the site of the Women's College World Series, on FOX College Sports.
Seniors Kierra Miles and Brittany Warnecke shined for Tech as Miles connected on a triple down the right field line in the sixth inning to become the first Red Raider in program history with four 50-hit seasons. The outfielder is now just two hits shy of tying Mikey Kenney for second place on the school's career hits list. Warnecke recorded her sixth home run of the season and 18th of her career in the top of the fifth, scoring the only run of the game for the Red Raiders.
A season-high five Red Raider errors boosted the Longhorn offense. Three miscues in the second inning helped Texas (31-22 overall, 7-10 Big 12) take a 3-0 lead. After adding a run in the fourth, Texas made use of a two-out rally in the fifth with a three-run homer by Longhorn Celina Felix that put Texas ahead 7-0.
Freshman Kassidy Scott received the start in her home state, her 16th start against Big 12 competition in 19 possible opportunities. She allowed just one earned run on eight hits with three strikeouts in five innings of work. Senior Mattison Maisel tossed a scoreless inning in relief.
Texas Tech takes center stage in its second game at the Big 12 Championship, battling top-seed Oklahoma at Stadium Field at 7:30 p.m. on FOX College Sports.
The loss drops Tech to 12-21 all-time at the Big 12 Championships and 1-4 against Texas.
Tech moves to 6-10 in Big 12 Tournament openers and 5-17 as the lower seed.
The Red Raiders have only been shut out five times this season.
Senior Kierra Miles became the first Red Raider in program history to record four 50-hit seasons with a triple in the sixth inning.
Senior Brittany Warnecke hit her sixth homer of the season and 18th of her career.
Freshman RHP Kassidy Scott has started 16 of Tech's 19 games against Big 12 foes this season.