LUBBOCK, Texas – Three Red Raiders combined for five home runs in the Texas Tech softball team's (15-1) two-game sweep on opening day of the 2019 Texas Tech Invitational, Friday at Rocky Johnson Field.
Trenity Edwards and Jessica Hartwell each lifted a pair of home runs out of the park and Kelcy Leach sent her third homer of the season sailing over the fence as well.
Pitchers Erin Edmoundson (9-1) and Missy Zoch (5-0) limited the opposing teams to just two runs in 12 innings in Tech's two wins.
GAME 1 – Texas Tech 9, UT Arlington 1
Tech fell behind early in the first inning, but the Red Raiders clawed their way to a 9-1, five-inning victory over the Mavericks to open up the Texas Tech Invitational. Edmoundson picked up two strikeouts in her ninth win of the season and three hitters – Edwards, Leach and Hartwell – sent balls out of the park.
UT Arlington pushed across one run in the top of the first, but a four-run effort by the Red Raiders in the bottom of the second lifted Tech to a comfortable lead.
Edwards sparked the Tech lineup as she blasted her sixth home run of the season over the left-field wall to tie the game up, 1-1. After a walk and a Maverick error, Leach joined the day's home run club and sent a three-run shot out of the park to give Tech a 4-1 advantage.
The Red Raiders tacked on two more runs in the next inning on a two-RBI single from Breanna Russell.
After Edmoundson posted her fifth scoreless frame, Hartwell powered a leadoff home run straight over the center-field wall to give Tech a six-run lead in the bottom of the inning.
Edwards drew a walk to follow and Breanna Russell singled down the left-field line to move pinch runner Miranda Padilla into scoring position. Zoe Jones kept the Red Raiders' efforts alive with a walk to load the bases.
Pinch-hitting with one out, freshman Morgan Hornback smacked a fielder's choice to third and a UT Arlington throwing error that bounced off the helmet of Padilla allowed the Red Raiders' final two runs to score – ending the contest in five innings.
Tech's 9-1 run-rule over the Mavericks marked the Red Raiders' third shortened contest this season as the team improved to 14-1.
GAME 2 – Texas Tech 5, North Texas 1
After a mercy-rule victory against UT Arlington earlier in the day, the Red Raiders improved to 15-1 on the season with a 6-1 victory against North Texas.
Edwards and Hartwell highlighted the Tech offense with their second home runs of the day and Zoch (5-0) held the Mean Green to one run and five hits in her first complete game of the season.
Both teams were silent to start as neither the Red Raiders nor the Mean Green were able to push across a run in the first four innings.
After Karli Hamilton got the Red Raiders rolling in the bottom of the fifth with a single to left field, Hartwell broke the scoreless deadlock with her second home run of the day – a two-run shot to put Tech up, 2-0. Immediately after, Edwards upped Tech's lead to 3-0 with a solo home run over the left-field wall – her second homer of the day. The back-to-back dingers from Hartwell and Edwards marked the Red Raiders' first back-to-back home runs since Feb. 13, 2015.
North Texas answered back with one run in the top of the sixth, but three runs for the Red Raiders in the bottom of the inning gave Tech some breathing room.
Jones drew a leadoff walk and freshman Peyton Blythe came in to run at first. A sacrifice bunt from Leach placed Blythe on second base and she moved over to third on a fielding error by the North Texas shortstop.
Heaven Burton created a diversion between first and second and a throwing error by the North Texas catcher allowed Tech to go up, 4-1. After Burton stole third, Hamilton drilled an RBI triple to right-center and she scored on a wild pitch in the next at-bat to give Tech a 6-1 advantage.
Finishing the night game with seven total strikeouts, Zoch struck out the side to clinch the 6-1 win for the Red Raiders.
COMING UP NEXT
Tech returns for day two of the Texas Tech Invitational tomorrow afternoon with a 3 p.m. game against North Texas and a 5:30 p.m. rematch against UT Arlington at Rocky Johnson Field. Live Stats, as well as live streams, will be available for both games. For all the latest information on the Texas Tech softball team, visit TexasTech.com or follow @TexasTechSB on Twitter and Instagram.