UT’s Tiarra Davis threw a shutout and Texas dealt Texas Tech its first conference loss, evening the series against the Red Raiders with a 2-0 victory Saturday at McCombs Field.
It was Davis’ third shutout of the season and just the third time the Red Raiders have been blanked this season.
Davis (15-8) held Tech to five hits, struck out nine and walked three.
UT’s Celina Felix hit a solo homer in the first inning, and Texas got an RBI single by first baseman Kelli Hanzel in the fourth.
Texas Tech’s Mattison Maisel replaced starter Cheyene Powell in the first inning and limited the Horns to one run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings.
With two outs in the first, Felix connected on a pitch high in the zone and drove it over the left-center wall to put UT ahead. Holly Kern followed with a single, and then Powell threw eight straight balls to load the bases. After the second walk, Maisel replaced Powell and got Erin Shireman to ground out.
The Red Raiders got two runners in scoring position with no outs in the fourth on a single and a double. After a foul popout, Hanzel fielded a bunt and tagged out the runner and held the runner on third. Texas got out of the jam when Jordan Bettiol hit a grounder to Davis.
Hanzel drove in Stephanie Ceo in the fourth.
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