Brittany Talley tossed six shutout innings to lead Tech to a 6-1 victory Friday.
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SEATTLE - Texas Tech used a four-run sixth and six shutout innings of relief from Brittany Talley to open the NCAA Washington Regional with a 6-1 victory over Maryland Friday evening at the Husky Softball Stadium.
In their third-straight postseason appearance, the Red Raiders (41-15) opened with a win for the first time since 1999 when the Red Raiders defeated South Carolina, 1-0, in the program's first-ever regional appearance.
"We threw very well today, kept (Maryland) off-balance and handled their left-handed hitters very well," Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. "I thought that was the key to keeping the game close until we had a chance for the big inning."
Tech led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth when Mikey Kenney opened the frame with a walk. After stealing second, Sandy James connected on the Red Raiders' only hit in the inning with a one-out RBI double to right center.
From there, the Red Raiders took advantage of several Maryland miscues to add three more insurance runs as James scored on a wild pitch while Raven Richardson and Emily Cooper came around on a fielding error off an Ashley Hamada liner to first.
The five-run lead was plenty of room for Talley (12-4), who replaced Cara Custer with no outs in the second and proceeded to limit the Terrapins (34-21) to four hits over the final six innings.
"We threw very well today, kept (Maryland) off-balance and handled their left-handed hitters very well. I thought that was the key to keeping the game close until we had a chance for the big inning."
"Before the game Coach Hays told me to be ready because we knew Maryland had a lot of left-handed hitters, which is something I like to throw to," said Talley, who escaped jams in the third, fifth and sixth before throwing a perfect seventh inning. "I was ready to go. I had been told to be ready and it was a good game."
Maryland scored its only run in the first when Shannon Bustillos took off on a delayed steal attempt to second that allowed Vangie Galindo to sneak in from third.
Holley Gentsch helped Tech tie the game an inning later as she lined a single into center to allow pinch runner Kermitria Ward to scamper home from second. Ward had previously stolen second base a few pitches before as a replacement for Cydney Allen who had a pinch-hit walk.
Gentsch finished 2-for-3 at the plate as she also drove a single down the left-field line in the fourth that set up the Red Raiders to take the lead moments later off an Emily Bledsoe sacrifice fly.
The Red Raiders will face either Harvard or Washington at 3 p.m. CT Saturday evening. The Crimson and host Huskies were scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. from Husky Softball Stadium.