LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech softball opened its 2017 fall slate with a pair of wins over Midland College Wednesday at Rocky Johnson Field.
The Red Raiders topped the Chaparrals 7-2 in game one and 11-2 in the nightcap for a 2-0 start to its 2017 fall campaign.
“Our team represented really well tonight,” head coach Adrian Gregory said. “We ran the bases better than I have seen us run them. It was great to see our new kids out there as well as our kids that are coming back from injury. I thought Michaela Cochran and Kaylee Strickland stood out. They both had phenomenal nights at the plate and wreaked havoc on the base paths. This team is fun to watch.”
Several newcomers suited up for the first time in the Red and Black on Wednesday. Transfers Taylor Satchell (LSU) and Heaven Burton (University of Louisiana) started game one, while six of Tech’s seven freshmen received action. Additionally, outfielder Michaela Cochran made her Red Raider debut after sitting out all of 2017 with an injury and was joined by redshirt sophomore Karli Hamilton, who also sat out all of last season.
Sophomore Hannah Broseman got the call in game one and worked into the third before senior Cheyene Powell took over. A two-run home run by freshman Breanna Russell and a solo shot from freshman Kelcy Leach fueled the Red Raiders at the plate. Russel’s shot jumpstarted a three-run fifth that broke open what was a 4-2 ballgame.
Freshman Erin Edmoundson started in the circle for game two, delivering five solid innings. The Deer Park, Texas, native surrendered just two runs on four hits while striking out four. She was relieved by Broseman, who tossed two scoreless frames to close it out.
Edmoundson also got it done at the plate, going 3-3 with a double and two RBI in the contest. Cochran, senior Kaylee Strickland and sophomore Kassidy Scott also had multi-hit performances as Tech used a five-run fifth and three-run sixth to close out the win.
The Red Raiders will host one more exhibition this fall, welcoming Odessa College to Rocky Johnson Field on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m. Tech closes the fall at the Triple Crown Sports College Classic Oct. 14-15 in Spring, Texas.