LAWRENCE, Kansas – The Texas Tech softball team capped off a three-game sweep of the Kansas Jayhawks with a 1-0 victory on Sunday in its Big 12 regular-season finale at Arrocha Ballpark in Lawrence.
Sophomore Kassidy Scott (9-9) tossed a complete game, allowing just two hits and four total baserunners on the day. The Red Raiders outhit Kansas 11-2 on their way to a fourth straight victory and their first conference sweep since its opening 2017 with a sweep at Iowa State.
"Kassidy did such a good job," head coach Adrian Gregory said. "To give up two hits off a really good offensive lineup was impressive. We were struggling to get another run across, but she did a good job of holding them off."
Freshman Breanna Russell knocked in the only run of the game in the second inning. Redshirt sophomore Karli Hamilton singled and then moved to third on a base hit from freshman Kelcy Leach, who was thrown out at second on the play. One batter later, Russell pulled a double down the leftfield line to score Hamilton for the only run of the contest.
Eight Red Raiders tallied hits on Sunday, highlighted by multi-hit games from Hamilton, Leach and redshirt freshman Michaela Cochran. Hamilton reached base on all three trips to the plate, going 2-for-2 with a walk, and extended her hitting streak to 10 games.
The Red Raiders outhit Kansas 32-13 over the weekend and played error-free ball for all three games to mark its best stretch defensively since 2015.
"It's huge," Gregory said about getting the sweep. "It's huge for us to feel good about ourselves and to know that we're playing the game right. I'm excited for our kids. They deserve it, and we're excited to keep playing."
Cochran, Leach and redshirt freshman Heaven Burton all recorded strong weekends at the plate as the trio joined Hamilton to hit safely in all three games in Lawrence. Additionally, freshman Erin Edmoundson finished 3-for-6 with four RBI in two games in the lineup, and junior Jessica Hartwell went yard in game one for her 16thdinger of the year.
Scott's performance marked the best seven-inning outing of her young career. She also posted a complete-game two-hitter against UTEP last season that ended in five innings. She yielded one hit through five innings on Sunday and allowed just one baserunner to reach second or third.
Kansas's Andie Formby (11-10) took the loss for the Jayhawks, who close the regular season hosting Iowa State next weekend. Tech can lock up the fifth in the Big 12 standings if the Jayhawks take the series from the Cyclones.
POST GAME NOTES
Tech surpassed last season's conference win total with the win Sunday.
The Red Raiders are now back above .500 and can secure a winning season through the Big 12 Championship with three wins next week.
Tech has tallied double-digit hits in four of the last six games.
This marked the second time this season Tech has held an opponent to two hits.
The Red Raiders look to avenge a midweek loss to Abilene Christian when they host the Wildcats on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the regular-season home finale at Rocky Johnson Field. ACU rallied from seven runs down to take an 11-10 win in Abilene on April 10.