LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech (18-25, 2-15 Big 12) dropped game two of the series against Iowa State (28-18, 3-11 Big 12) Saturday evening on Senior Day at Rocky Johnson Field.
The Red Raiders outhit the Cyclones, scattering nine to Iowa States seven, but left nine on base while Iowa State tallied three home runs in the contest.
Iowa State struck first with a two-run home run from Mikayla Ramos in the top of the first for the early 2-0 advantage.
The Red Raiders got one run back in the bottom half of the inning off an RBI single from Karli Hamilton. Yvonne Whaley drew a walk to lead off the inning and Heaven Burton followed with an infield single, moving Whaley into scoring position for Hamilton. The sixth-year senior sent a ball through the right side to score Whaley and advanced to second on the throw to the plate, putting two runners in scoring position with no outs. Tech couldn't capitalize any further, managing just one run in the inning, as the next three batters went down in order.
A leadoff home run from Kasey Simpson put the Cyclones back up by two in the second inning. Iowa State tacked on another run in the third when Kali Gose singled up the middle to score Milaysia Ochoa who reached base on a double to center field.
The Red Raiders cut the lead in half, 4-2, in the bottom half of the inning. Hamilton walked then moved to second on a passed ball and was brought home by Arriana Villa who knocked a singled back up the middle.
Iowa State tallied its third home run of the game in the top of the fifth, a two-run blast from Ochoa to push the Cyclones' lead to 6-2.
Maddie Westmoreland answered with a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead in half once again. Westmoreland took the first pitch she saw to left field, clearing both fences into the trees for her second home run of the season.
The Red Raiders had another opportunity in the bottom of the sixth after singles from Breanna Russell, Whaley and Burton loaded the bases with two outs. Tech was unable to push any runs across, flying out to center field for the third out.
Tech went quietly in the seventh, dropping game two and the series to the Cyclones.
The Red Raiders wrap up the regular season tomorrow with the series finale against the Cyclones at 11:00 a.m. at Rocky Johnson Field.