LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech softball concluded its fall with a 3-1 showing at the SK College Classic in the Houston area this weekend. The tournament wrapped up a seven-game fall for the Red Raiders in which they outscored their opponents 67-23 while working in several newcomers.
The Red Raiders started the event with an 9-5 win over Trinity Valley Community College on Saturday, before letting a four-run lead slip away late in a 10-9 loss to Sam Houston State later that day. Tech rebounded strong on Sunday with a 9-0 win over Galveston College and a 10-1 victory over Navarro College.
"Our fall season is a time for learning, growing and molding our team as one," head coach Adrian Gregory said. "This weekend was a great opportunity for us to get a peek of what spring will bring with travel restraints, long days at the ballpark, as well as pressure opportunities in the circle and in the box. Overall, I am proud of our group. We learned a ton this fall and were also able to apply some of those lessons. Now we will move into getting faster and stronger in our offseason. This is a great team and it will be a great year."
The weekend marked the final exhibition this fall in preparation for the upcoming 2018 season. The Red Raiders have added nine newcomers to its roster since last spring, all of whom have received action during the fall slate. Tech finished sixth in the Big 12 last season and closed its season on a high note with a win over Iowa State at the Big 12 Championships in Oklahoma City.
Tech 9, TVCC 5
After falling behind early, Tech scored a pair of runs in the second inning to tie the score at 2-2, and then junior Kiana Workman blasted a two-run shot in the third to take a 4-2 lead. TVCC plated three in the sixth to make it a 5-5 ballgame, before the Red Raiders answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to grab the win. Freshman Erin Edmoundson got the start in the circle and posted 10 strikeouts in her first five innings of work, retiring 11 straight hitters from the last out in the first to the first out in the fifth.
SHSU 10, Tech 9
Tech held a 9-5 lead over the Bearkats through three innings thanks to a three-run second and a six-run third. Back-to-back home runs from Workman and sophomore Kassidy Scottjumpstarted Tech in its big six-run third, and a two-run double from outfielder Karli Hamiltoncapped off the frame. SHSU got back in the game with a run in the fourth and then plated four runs in the fifth that would give them the edge. Edmoundson and senior Cheyene Powell split time in the circle for Tech.
Tech 9, Galveston 0
Scott got the nod in the circle and threw a perfect game through five innings, at which point Tech led 9-0. The two teams played out the full seven innings with sophomore Hannah Broseman coming in for the final six outs, giving up only a walk. Tech came out smoking at the plate with five runs in the first inning. Senior Kaylee Strickland went 2-2 at the plate with a walk and scored three times for the Red Raiders.
Tech 10, Navarro 1
Tech stranded two Navarro base runners in the first with a strikeout and then retired the next nine batters in order as it built a 4-0 lead through three innings. Hamilton had a double in the third and a triple in the fifth that keyed Tech's three-run third and four-run fifth. Edmoundson also had a pair of doubles and scored twice. Navarro was held scoreless until the fifth at which point Tech had already established an 8-0 lead.