Red Raiders open up the season 2-0; Orrick homers twice in one inning

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – The Texas Tech softball team started off strong taking both games against Florida A&M at the FAMU Softball Complex by scores of 11-1 and 9-2, respectively.


Senior shortstop Abbie Orrick stole the limelight in game one, recording five RBIs in one innings thanks to a solo shot to lead-off the sixth and would later come back up to launch a grand slam which gave the Red Raiders an 11-1 lead and eventual win.


Maddie Kuehl recorded her first start and got better as the game went on. The right-handed junior allowed just one run and was locked in during her last innings of work, retiring five straight including three strikeout victims.


Arriana Villa opened up the scoring for the Red Raiders this season. Demi Elder got a two-out single before Villa launched a ball over the right-field fence in the first.


Carson Armijo would push Villa across the plate in the third with a two-out double in the right-center field gap.


Things got close in the bottom of the fifth as the Rattlers loaded the bases down just 1-3. Newcomer, Maddy Wright came in and got the final out which allowed for Tech’s offensive explosion in the next half of the inning.


Game two was more of the same for Tech, except FAMU landed the first blow with a sac-fly followed up by another Rattler RBI that resulted in an out as they went up 2-0.


Tech saw the Rattler’s scoring and raised them as they put up another seven spot. Back-to-back doubles from Riley Love and Armijo and some Rattler errors pushed Tech into a 7-2 lead.


Maddy Wright made sure to have an impact in game two as well, driving a double down the third-base line to bring in two more insurance runs for Tech.


Ranci Willis, Chassety Raines and Olivia Rains pitched well, allowing just two hits as Rains closed out the game allowing no hits and just one walk through three innings of work.


UP NEXT: The Red Raiders will face (RV) Charlotte and No. 4 Florida State tomorrow at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. (CT), respectively.

Release Provided By Jay Strader Texas Tech Athletics

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