CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – Sophomore Breanna Russell launched her third home run of the season, but a three-run fourth inning for the Huskies proved to be too much as the Texas Tech softball team (13-0) dropped its first game of the season in a 4-1 decision to No. 5 Washington, Sunday afternoon at Big League Dreams Sports Park.
The Huskies and Red Raiders were even with five hits apiece, but the Tech offense struggled to string their base-hits together. Russell's home run was Tech's only run of the game.
Though she held the fifth-ranked Huskies to five hits and four runs, Erin Edmoundson was dealt the loss and dropped to 8-1 on the season. She fanned three hitters in four complete innings before junior transfer Missy Zoch closed out the final two innings.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Washington opened up the game in the top of the second after a two-out single brought home a Husky on second base.
Yvonne Whaley reached base on a two-out single in the top of the third, but a grounder in the next at-bat ended Tech's third inning efforts. A hit batter started things for Washington in the bottom of the inning, but Edmoundson used two fly balls and her second strikeout of the game to keep the Huskies at bay.
After Tech was blanked in the top of the fourth, Washington extended its lead to 4-0 in the bottom frame when it scored three runs off three hits and a walk.
Breaking Tech's four-inning silence, Russell blasted a solo home run off Washington starter Taran Alvelo to cut into the Huskies' lead, 4-1. A walk to Zoe Jones and another single from Whaley added more pressure to the Husky defense, but a close out at second ended the top of the fifth.
Zoch entered the circle for the Red Raiders in the bottom of the inning and she kept Washington off the board to send Tech back into the dugout.
Karli Hamilton and Trenity Edwards recorded a pair of singles to start the sixth, but they were stranded on first and second. The Tech defense retired Washington in order in the following frame, but the Red Raiders could not make up ground in the seventh and fell to No. 5 Washington 4-1.
With the loss, the Red Raiders drop to 13-1 on the season.
COMING UP NEXT
After three weeks on the road, the Red Raiders return home to Rocky Johnson Field to host North Texas and UT Arlington in the Texas Tech Invitational on March 1-2.