AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Tech (16-15, 0-5 Big 12) fell in five innings to No. 7/9 Texas (26-3, 2-0 Big 12) Friday night in Austin.
The loss gives Texas the series win, with game three left to be played on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Raiders struck first on a solo home run from Karli Hamilton in the first inning. The long ball was the fifth of the season for Hamilton, and the 29th of her career, tying her for fifth in program history.
Texas responded in the bottom half of the inning, plating three runs to take the 3-1 lead. A single up the middle from Mary Iakopo scored Janae Jefferson from second to tie the game at one. With Iakopo on base, McKenzie Parker belted a home run to center field to give the Longhorns the lead.
Tech looked to respond in the second getting two runners into scoring position after a hard liner from Breanna Russell and a double from Kennedy Crites with two outs. The Red Raiders left both runners on to end the inning, maintaining the Texas lead.
The Longhorns broke things open in the bottom of the third, scoring four runs on two hits in the inning. After back-to-back strikeouts from Erin Edmoundson to start the inning, Texas loaded the bases with two outs after a pair of walks and a single. With the bases full of Longhorns, Jordyn Whitaker sent a ball over the center field wall for a grand slam to give Texas a 7-1 advantage.
Texas added three more in the fourth to make it 10-1, aided by a couple of errors from the Red Raider defense.
Crites reached base for the second time with a one-out single up the middle to try and keep the game alive in the fifth, but the Red Raiders were unable to extend the game, falling 10-1 in five innings to the seventh-ranked Longhorns.
Edmoundson (7-6) went 3.1 innings in the circle giving up 10 runs on eight hits and walking four batters. The lefty from Deer Park struck out five batters, moving into second place in program history in strikeouts with 473 in her career. Kamryn Caldwell finished the game for Tech, pitching the final 0.2 innings with one strikeout.
Molly Jacobson (10-2) went the distance in the circle for Texas allowing one run on four hits and striking out five.
The Red Raiders close out the series with Texas on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at McCombs Field in Austin.