LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech softball closed its fall home campaign with a 12-3 win over Odessa College in 10 innings Wednesday evening at Rocky Johnson Field.
Tech scored five runs in the first inning and built its lead to 7-0 after three as four Red Raiders posted multi-hit games and senior Cheyene Powell got the start and tossed four scoreless frames.
With the win, the Red Raiders improve to 3-0 this fall after it swept Midland College by a combined score of 18-4 in its fall debut on Sept. 20.
"I'm very excited about how we are playing the game right now," head coach Adrian Gregory said. "Our kids that have been out with injury have come back with fury and are playing relentless softball. We have so much versatility and depth. It's fun to have competition in each position, and it will ultimately make us better. I thought we did a great job in all facets of the game tonight."
After taking a 7-0 lead into the fifth, Odessa got on the board to make it 7-1. Tech got that run back in the bottom of the sixth and then exploded for four more tallies in the seventh to make it 12-1.
Junior Jessica Hartwell led the way at the plate going 3-5 with a pair of RBI, and redshirt sophomore Karli Hamilton was right behind her at 3-4 with an RBI as well. Senior Kaylee Strickland and freshman Kelcy Leach also connected on two hits on the day.
Junior Kiana Workman and freshman Claire McKissick brought in two RBI each as Tech trotted out eight of its nine newcomers entering the fold in 2017-18.
In classic Gregory fashion, the Red Raiders caused havoc on the base paths for the Wranglers as Strickland, McKissick and freshman Marissa Mirabal recorded stolen bases. Strickland and Mirabal crossed the plate twice to lead the team.
Sophomore Hannah Broseman made her third appearance of the fall coming in for Powell in the fifth. She would allow one run on two hits in 2.2 innings of work before freshman Erin Edmoundson came in to wrap things up in her second appearance of the fall.
Odessa finished its 2017 season 39-16 overall with a 23-5 mark in Region 5 of the NJCAA. The Wranglers, now under the direction of first year head coach Jeff Jackson, won two games in the Region 5 Tournament before facing elimination at the hands of Midland College.
Tech will wrap things up at the SK College Classic in Spring, Texas, Oct. 14-15, where they'll take on Trinity Valley Community College, Sam Houston State, Navarro College and Galveston College.