FAYETTEVILLE, Ark – Texas Tech (4-3) opened the Razorback Invitational with a 6-1 win over North Dakota State (0-3) before falling to No. 21 Arkansas (8-2) Friday.
The Red Raiders bats were hot in game one scoring six runs on eight hits against the Bison. They cooled off in game two as Arkansas pitcher Marry Haff handcuffed the Texas Tech hitters.
NDSU 1, Texas Tech 6
After four scoreless innings a three-run fifth inning broke the tie sparked by a solo home run from Alanna Barraza. The one-out shot to left was the first home run of the season for the Red Raiders and the first of Barraza’s career. The Tech lineup kept the bats hot following the home run as Heaven Burton laid down a bunt single and swiped second. Yvonne Whaley singled through the right side of the field and a throwing error allowed Burton to score and Whaley to move to third. Breanna Russell put down a squeeze bunt that scored Whaley from third to put Tech up 3-0.
North Dakota state responded with a solo shot of their own to bring the score to 3-1 in the bottom half of the inning.
Tech added three more runs in the seventh inning to increase the lead to 6-1. Barraza recorded her second hit of the game to lead off the inning. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Russell who was plunked by a pitch to score another run. A sac fly to center from Zoe Jones scored Burton and a pinch hit single from Ellie Bailey sent Whaley home to push the lead to five.
NDSU threatened with runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the seventh but Morgan Hornback forced an infield pop-up and Whaley made a diving catch in left to end the game.
Missy Zoch (2-2) picked up the win in the circle for the Red Raiders going four shutout innings with a season high five strikeouts. She allowed just two hits and walked one batter. Hornback earned the save pitching three innings allowing one run on one hit and striking out two.
Whaley went 3-for-3 at the plate and reached base four times. Burton went 2-for-3 and scored two runs. Barraza tallied two hits in three at bats and one RBI. Russell added two RBI of her own.
No. 21 Arkansas 9, Texas Tech 0
The 21st-ranked Razorbacks wasted no time scoring, plating all nine of their runs in the first two innings.
Arkansas took a 7-0 lead in the first inning off four home runs including three two-run shots.
The Razorback’s added two more runs in the bottom of the second with another two-run shot to left field.
The Red Raiders offense struggled in game two, reaching base just once on an error at short.