The Red Raiders split first two games at home

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech split their first two games of the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic on Friday. The Red Raiders (14-4) defeated Merrimack College in five innings, 8-0 before falling to UTEP 2-3 in a close battle.




The Red Raiders jumped out to an early 1-0 lead by way of a 256-foot homer off the bat of Arriana Villa in the first.
Abbie Orrick drove in a run in the on a single in the second and then a double steal by Logan Halleman and Alanna Barraza scored the Red Raiders third run as Barraza crossed home plate.
Tech then put up four runs in the third off of RBIs from Demi Elder, Orrick and Maddy Wright.
Kennedy Crites put the finishing touches on the game with a solo shot in the fifth inning.
Maddy Wright held a perfect game going into the fifth before walking one and allowing a hit. Wright still had another sensational outing as she improved to 5-1 on the season.


UTEP led for the entirety of the game after a two-run homer in the second inning got things started for them. They picked up another run in the third on an RBI single.
The Red Raiders came back with two runs in the fourth thanks to a towering double by Demi Elder, but their comeback fell short after a close call at the plate in the fourth stopped Tech’s late-inning run.
Zaylie Calderon picked up her fourth save of the season for the Miners after allowing just one hit in the final two innings.

UP NEXT: The Red Raiders will play two games tomorrow beginning at 4:30 p.m. against Merrimack followed by a 7 p.m. game against New Mexico State.

Release Provided By Jay Strader Texas Tech Athletics

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