AMES, Iowa – Home runs from Zoe Jones and Kelcy Leach, as well as three doubles from Breanna Russell, led to the No. 15/14 Texas Tech softball team's 8-4, come-from-behind victory over Iowa State, Sunday afternoon at Cyclone Sports Complex.
With the win, the Red Raiders clinched their first Big 12 Conference series of the season and improved to 29-6 overall. Junior transfer Missy Zoch was awarded the win and she improved to 12-3 on the season after fanning four hitters in six complete innings. Sophomore hurler Erin Edmoundson closed out the final inning with three strikeouts.
In a 2-for-3 effort at the plate, Jones led the Red Raiders with four RBI while Russell and Leach each tallied one. The Red Raiders doubled Iowa State's offensive production and out-hit the Cyclones 12-6 in the series finale.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Iowa State struck first when a leadoff walk started the bottom of the second. A wild pitch advanced the Cyclone runner to second base and an error at second allowed Iowa State's first run to cross the plate.
However, the Red Raiders answered in the top of the third after sophomore Heaven Burton drew a one-out walk. The Round Rock, Texas, native advanced to second on a wild pitch and then stole third on a walk to Trenity Edwards. After sophomore Olga Zamarripa came in to pinch run at first, she created a diversion and drew a throw from home plate.
On the throw down from home, Burton turned on the wheels and came sprinting home. She was initially tagged out, but obstruction was called on the Cyclone catcher and Burton's efforts tied up the game, 1-1.
Iowa State's Sami Williams used a solo home run in the bottom of the inning to help the Cyclones regain the lead, but Tech came roaring back with a four-run top of the fourth to take its first lead of the game.
Russell began the barrage of hits with her second double of the day and Jones gave the Red Raiders their first lead with a two-run homer that went sailing over the left-field wall. Immediately after, Leach followed suit and belted her sixth home run of the season to put Tech up, 4-2.
Karli Hamilton kept the ball rolling with a one-out walk and caused nothing but trouble on the base paths. The junior successfully stole second and was able to advance to third on a throwing error by the Cyclone catcher. After the ball landed in center field, Iowa State's throw to third flew off the mark and rolled into the home dugout. As a result, Hamilton trotted home and Tech upped its score, 5-2.
Iowa State planted runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom half, but an easy pop up to Satchell at shortstop sent the Red Raiders back into the dugout. Edwards recorded her first hit of the day with a single through the left side and Russell gave the Red Raiders a 6-2 advantage when she powered an RBI double to the left-center gap.
The Cyclones brought the game within two runs in the bottom of the sixth when a two-RBI single cut into Tech's lead, 6-4. With two outs and bases loaded, Iowa State's Kaylee Bosworth sent a fly ball deep to down the right-field line but freshman Peyton Blythe came streaking through the air and made the catch on a fully-extended dive to preserve the Red Raider's lead.
Hartwell and Edwards recorded back-to-back singles to start the seventh and Tech extended its lead, 8-4, thanks to a two-RBI single from Jones. Edmoundson stepped into the circle in the final fame and used three strikeouts to clinch the Red Raiders' first Big 12 series this season.
COMING UP NEXT
The Red Raiders return home to Rocky Johnson Field where they will host a three-game series against the Texas Longhorns on April 5-7. Live stats, as well as a live stream, will be available for all three games. For all the latest information on the Texas Tech softball team, visit TexasTech.com or follow @TexasTechSB on Twitter and Instagram.