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Texas Tech Softball Sweeps No. 23 New Mexico

The Texas Tech Softball team swept No. 24 New Mexico Monday in a double header from Rocky Johnson Field, winning the first game 9-4 and game two 8-5.

Pinch-hitter Cydney Allen needed just one swing of the bat to lead the Red Raiders from behind the plate driving in three-runs on what was her first homer of the season. Tech’s middle infielders combined for four RBIs as short-stop Raven Richardson and second baseman Logan Hall both accounted for two RBIs a piece.

Texas Tech took a one-run lead in the first, before the Lobos came back and scored two in the top of the second while the Red Raiders knotted it up at two in the bottom half of the inning. The Red Raiders used a big seven-run third inning to give themselves a cushion. The game was really never in question after the third inning with New Mexico scoring two consolation runs in the sixth.

The Red Raiders used 18-hits for the nine-runs, while the Lobos mustered eight hits for their four-runs.

Cara Custer picked up the game-one win for Texas Tech going all seven innings, striking out eight, walking two while allowing the four earned runs off eight hits.

In game two the Red Raiders were able to hold off the Lobo’s for an 8-5 victory.

New Mexico grabbed an early lead, scoring one in the first before adding two more in the third for a 3-0 lead. Texas Tech once again utilized a seven-run inning to take its first lead of the game and provide some cushion, exploding in the bottom of the fourth.

The Lobos had two runs cross the plate in the top of the sixth cutting the lead to two before the Red Raiders responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning.

Texas Tech centerfielder Mickey Kenny provided the spark for the Red Raider offense driving in four runs off three-hits.

The softball team returns to action Wednesday with a road double header against Stony Brook. First pitch in game one is scheduled for 1 p.m. central.

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