LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech softball team dropped a hard-fought 4-1 decision to No. 25 Oklahoma State on Thursday in its Big 12 home opener at Rocky Johnson Field.
Back-to-back doubles from juniors Jessica Hartwell and Kiana Workman tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth, but the Cowgirls (24-9, 3-1) took the lead with a three-run inside-the-park home run in the sixth to secure the win.
The Red Raiders (20-14, 0-4) outhit OSU, 10-4, but left 10 runners on base, and the Cowgirls were able to do their damage with a pair of homers from freshmen Sydney Pennington and Chelsea Alexander.
Freshman Erin Edmoundson (13-6) threw a complete game in the loss, giving up just six hits while striking out five and walking four. Samantha Clakley (9-4) got the complete-game win for Oklahoma State.
"Our kids are fighters,” head coach Adrian Gregory said. “I think Erin leads us in that. She gives up one run early on one hit and battled and battled before that inside-the-park homer. She fought really hard. I think we outplayed them in a lot of realms and we are excited about going back at it again tomorrow."
Hartwell got back on track on Thursday, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and a run. Her four hits mark a career high while the pair of two-baggers ties her career high.
"Jess is fighting through some things right now, and today she got back into her nature of what she typically does like hitting the ball on a line and running,” Gregory said. “She's our fastest kid, and she leads us. She's our leader, and I was excited for her to get comfortable in the box again."
Workman chipped in by going 2-for-3 with her team-leading 12th double of the season, a walk and an RBI. The short stop has hit safely in eight of the last nine games and her RBI double in the fifth marked her 40th career RBI.
Edmoundson helped her cause in the circle with a 2-for-3 day at the plate, recording her second career multi-hit game.
The loss drops Tech to 8-3 at home this season and 8-15 all-time in conference home openers.
Game No. 2 of the three-game series takes place on Friday at 4 p.m. on Disney Night at Rocky Johnson Field.
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