Scott pitches Tech to two wins in Mexico

Kassidy Scott continued to prove she has been the ace the Texas Tech softball team has been searching for the last couple of years.


Scott picked up a win and a save Thursday as the Red Raiders began play in the Puerto Vallarta Challenge in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Scott pitched five innings, giving up one run on four hits in a 5-1 win over Cal State Fullerton to begin the day and then pitched 3 1/3 shutout innings as Tech (5-2) defeated Florida Gulf Coast 10-8 in the night cap of the tournament.

Scott’s combined 8 1/3 innings with only one earned run dropped her season ERA to 0.80.

Against Fullerton (1-4), Devon Thomey provided the run support for Scott. Thomey was 3 for 3 at the plate with a two-run homer in the second inning. Tech, though, only had two other hits off of Fullerton pitcher Trisha Parks. Kierra Miles was 1 for 3 with stolen base and a run and Jessica Hartwell hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the only other run of the game for the Red Raiders.

Against Florida Gulf Coast (2-1), Tech had plenty of offense, beginning in the second inning with a grand slam off the bat of Hartwell. Kiana Workman had walked with the bases loaded to cut Florida Gulf Coast’s lead to 2-1, when Hartwell came to the plate and homered down the left field line.

Tech scored five runs in the inning and never trailed. Hartwell was 2 for 4 with the grand slam and both Miles and Workman had two hit games. Workman had a two-run single in the third inning.

In the fourth, Raina O’Neal had an RBI single and Brittany Warnecke and Devon Thomey both had RBI groundouts to put Tech up 10-6. After Florida Gulf Coast cut the lead to 10-8 in the fourth, Scott came in and picked up the long save.

Texas Tech plays Mississippi State tomorrow at 7 p.m.



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