Posted on April 28, 2013 at 9:01 PM
No. 7/7 Texas completed a three-game series sweep at Texas Tech with a 4-1 Sunday victory at Rocky Johnson Field. The Longhorns (42-6, 12-2 Big 12) were helped by two Red Raiders (29-24, 3-12 Big 12) fielding errors, which led to four unearned runs. Senior Torie Schmidt led the offense with three hits and a run batted in while freshman Stephanie Ceo also chipped in with a pair of hits and a run scored.
In the circle, senior Blaire Luna (24-3) yielded one run on three hits. She struck out 10 in the complete-game performance and walked three. Her 24 victories leave her six shy of her single-season best, set in 2010. Cara Custer (13-14) suffered the setback after throwing four-and-two-thirds innings, surrendering four unearned runs on five hits and a pair of walks. Brittany Talley came in for one out and allowed one hit. Gretchen Aucoin completed the pitching effort, striking out four and issuing two hits in two innings.
After the teams combined for just three base runners through the first three innings, the Longhorns used a two-out rally to take a 1-0 lead in the fourth. After a pair of groundouts started the frame, junior Karina Scott and Schmidt hit consecutive singles to put runners on first and second. Senior Kim Bruins followed with a ground ball to second baseman Brooke Scott, but her throw to second to try and get the force on Schmidt sailed high and allowed pinch runner Rachel Scott to score. A groundout ended the threat.
The Red Raiders attempted to rally in the bottom of the fourth, putting two of their own runners on base. With one out, Mikey Kenney drew a walk and Katelyn Williams followed reaching on an error. Luna buckled down and struck out the next two batters to preserve the one-run lead.
Following the defensive hold, UT added three runs in the top of the fifth to make it a 4-0 advantage. Ceo and senior Taylor Hoagland started the frame with consecutive singles. Junior Brejae Washington then put down a bunt, but catcher Lexie Elkins' throw to first was dropped and rolled into right field, allowing Ceo to score and moving Hoagland to third. A sacrifice fly from junior Mandy Ogle plated Hoagland and made it a 3-0 Texas lead. After a walk to Karina Scott, Talley was greeted by a Schmidt single that scored Washington. A pop out closed the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Red Raiders cut into the lead and made it 4-1. They began with consecutive doubles from Shelby Johnson and Kenney. After a groundout moved Kenney to third, Sandy James walked to put runners on the corners with one out. Luna bounced back with a strikeout and groundout to strand the pair.