CONROE, Texas – The Red Raider offense came alive as the Texas Tech softball program plated a total of 28 runs in its opening day sweep of Omaha and Nebraska in the Lone Star Collegiate Classic, Friday at Scrap Yard Sports. Erin Edmoundson went 2-0 on the day and three Red Raiders sent balls out of the park.
Tech won its first-ever meeting against Omaha in a 13-2 run rule and ground out a 15-10 victory over Nebraska – its first win over the Huskers since the 2011 season.
Senior Taylor Satchell led the Red Raiders with two home runs and a total of five hits on the day while Heaven Burton and Trenity Edwards collected four apiece. The two other players to hit homers were senior Jessica Hartwell, who belted a walk-off grand slam, and sophomore Breanna Russell.
In 9.1 innings, Edmoundson fanned 13 hitters and limited opponents to a .256 batting average.
Game 1 – Texas Tech 13, Omaha 2
After a slow start, the Red Raiders unleashed an offensive onslaught that led to a 13-2 run rule over Omaha in five innings. Edmoundson (2-0) responded to the Mavericks' early attack and limited Omaha to just two hits in the contest.
Tech recorded back-to-back outs to kick off the top of the first, but Omaha jumped out in front on a two-out home run from Emma Dargy. Junior Karli Hamilton tried to get the Red Raiders rolling with a single into right in the bottom of the frame, but a pair of outs ended the rally.
Omaha tacked on one more run off one hit in the next inning but Tech would not be held silent any longer. On one out in the bottom of the frame, sophomore Breanna Russell stepped up and belted Tech's first home run of the season straight over the center-field wall to cut into Omaha's lead, 2-1.
The Red Raiders' momentum continued as Taylor Satchell and Zoe Jones notched back-to-back hits to put runners on the corners. After a passed ball allowed Satchell to cross the plate, Omaha issued a free base to Kelcy Leach - putting two runners on for freshman Yvonne Whaley.
Stepping into the box for her first collegiate at-bat, Whaley forced an error on the Omaha third baseman and scored Jones from third – giving Tech its first, and final, lead of the game.
A pair of Edmoundson strikeouts and a ground out at third held the Mavericks off in the top of the third and Tech continued its momentum as Russell beat out a throw on a diving effort into the bag at first. Immediately after, Satchell sent a 3-2 pitch sailing over the left-field wall to give the Red Raiders a 5-2 advantage.
Motoring through the top of the fourth, Tech set the Mavericks down in order thanks to a pair of strikeouts and a ground out at short.
The Red Raiders used a one-out single from Hamilton to kick off the bottom of the fourth. The junior didn't stay on the base paths long as Hartwell drove her in with an RBI triple into right. Edwards drove Hartwell home on an RBI single up the middle in the following at-bat.
After Tech pushed across its seventh run, Omaha turned to reliever Halley Jones to take over the circle. However, Russell and Satchell took full advantage of the new blood and used a fielder's choice and an infield single to put runners on for the Red Raiders. A passed ball moved the duo into scoring position and a double to center from Jones scored the pair to make it a 9-2 ball game.
Needing just one run to prompt the mercy rule, Whaley led off the bottom of the fifth with another Maverick error. Burton followed the freshman a textbook bunt and a free base for Hamilton put Hartwell in prime position end it all. On a 2-0 count, the senior All-American crushed a walk-off grand slam to give Tech its first victory of the season in a 13-2 run rule over Omaha.
Edmoundson, who held the Mavericks scoreless after the second inning, fanned six hitters in her first victory of the season.
Game 2 – Texas Tech 15, Nebraska 10
Picking up its first win over Nebraska since the 2011 season, the Red Raiders and Huskers battled it out in a three-and-a-half-hour contest that saw a combined 25 runs.
The Red Raiders came shooting out of the gates as Heaven Burton scored Tech's first run of the game. The sophomore stepped into the box and drilled a triple down the left-field line. Thanks to a Nebraska error in left, Burton was able to make the trip home on the play.
After two outs went by, Trenity Edwards hammered a pitch to the right-center field wall and Russell drew a walk to keep Tech alive. Placing the ball just out of the Nebraska shortstop's reach, Satchell gave Tech a 2-0 advantage on an RBI single that landed on the edge of the infield.
Making her first appearance as a Red Raider, Missy Zoch went straight to work as she recorded a pair of strikeouts in the first inning and worked herself out of a jam with one strikeout in the second.
However, the Huskers put together a six-run third inning off four hits and one error to take a 6-2 lead. Nebraska scored four runs off four hits and three walks before turning to Edmoundson. After Nebraska pushed across its final two runs of the inning, Edmoundson registered a huge strikeout to stop the bleeding.
Determined to stay within reach, a Heaven Burton single put a runner on first and second with one out. On a 2-2 count, Hamilton plated Burton and Whaley after she drilled a triple down the right-field line. Hartwell added onto the rally thanks to an RBI ground out that cut into Nebraska's lead, 6-5.
The Huskers tacked on one more run in the bottom of the fourth, but a two-run homer from Satchell in the top of the fifth evened things up at seven runs apiece. The two-run blast sparked an offensive explosion that continued with a double from Jones down the right-field line.
After sophomore Olga Zamarripa came in to pinch run at second, Leach took advantage of a Nebraska throwing error and Zamarripa found herself safe at third. Whaley helped Tech reclaim the lead with an RBI single into left field.
A bases-loaded walk plated Tech's ninth run of the game, prompting a change in the circle for the Huskers. Immediately putting pressure on Nebraska's Regan Mergele, an RBI walk from Hartwell and a two-run single from Edwards lifted Tech to a 12-7 lead.
Edmoundson and the Tech defense blanked Nebraska in the bottom of the fifth and returned in the top of the sixth to score two more runs.
Tech held a 14-7 lead over the Huskers leaving the sixth inning, but the Red Raiders weren't done in the batter's box. Satchell was issued a leadoff walk and she stole second in the next at-bat. A fly out from Leach moved her over to third and Nebraska's fifth error of the game allowed her to cross home.
Nebraska tried to make a comeback in the seventh inning, putting immediate pressure on the Red Raiders. A pair of singles and walks helped the Huskers cut into Tech's lead, 15-8, and a late RBI single to center pushed across two more runs for Nebraska.
However, Edmoundosn buckled down and recorded her seventh strikeout of the night to help close out the 15-10, Red Raider victory. Tech and the Deer Park, native improved to 2-0 on the season.
The Red Raiders return for day two of the Lone Star Collegiate Classic tomorrow for a 2 p.m. contest against Nebraska and a 7 p.m. matchup against Wisconsin. Live stats, as well as a live stream, will be available for both games. For all the latest information on the Texas Tech softball program, visit TexasTech.com or follow @TexasTechSB on Twitter and Instagram.