Red Raider softball drops third straight 1 run contest in 6-5 loss to Oklahoma State
Zoe Jones and Jessica Hartwell both homered and the Red Raiders out hit the Cowgirls 9 to 7 as Jones, Heaven Burton and Karli Hamilton all had multi hit games but the team surrendered a lead for the 3rd game of the series.
STILLWATER, Okla. – The No. 13 Texas Tech softball team held the lead two separate times, but the Red Raiders could not hold on and dropped a 6-5 heartbreaker to No. 12 Oklahoma State in their final Big 12 Conference game of the season.
Home runs from freshman Zoe Jones and Jessica Hartwell gave the Red Raiders early momentum as Tech finished the game with nine hits to Oklahoma State's seven. Jones, Heaven Burton and Karli Hamilton all recorded two hits and Hartwell, Peyton Blythe and Taylor Satchell were the other Red Raiders to record hits.
In her 18th start of the season, Erin Edmoundson (16-3) racked up eight strikeouts and blanked the Cowgirls for the first four innings of the matchup. However, a game-ending home run in the bottom of the seventh sealed her third loss of the season and Tech dropped to 35-12 on the season and 8-10 in league play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Solid defense and four Edmoundson strikeouts held Oklahoma State off the board for the first three innings and both teams entered the fourth with a zero up on the board.
Tech's freshmen hitters sparked the Red Raider lineup in the top of the fourth when Blythe roped a two-out single to center field. On a 0-1 count, Jones gave Tech a two-run lead when she belted a two-run homer over the left-field wall.
Edmoundson produced two strikeouts and a ground out to hold the Cowgirls scoreless in the bottom of the inning and Jessica Hartwell added one run to Tech's lead in the fifth thanks to the 47th home run of her career.
However, three Cowgirl hits on four hits tied up the game in the bottom half of the inning.
Neither team was able to score in the sixth inning and back-to-back singles from Hamilton and Burton, followed by safe fielder's choice, loaded the bases for Tech in the top of the seventh. Helping Tech reclaim the lead, back-to-back sacrifice flies from Shelby Henderson and Breanna Russell plated Hamilton and Burton to lift tech to a 5-3 lead with half an inning remaining.
Oklahoma State's Chelsea Alexander started the bottom of the seventh with a bunt but the Tech defense quickly bounced back with a fly out to right for out number one. However, Tech could not hold the momentum and a double and walk-off home run ended the game, 6-5, in favor of the hosting Cowgirls.
COMING UP NEXT
Now done with Big 12 Conference play, the Red Raiders will travel to Las Cruces, N.M., for a mid-week doubleheader at New Mexico State on Tuesday, April 30. For all the latest information on the Texas Tech softball team, visit TexasTech.com or follow @TexasTechSB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.