Talley posts no-hitter for Texas Tech
Red Raiders still unbeaten after 8-0 win against Dayton
LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 19 Texas Tech's Brittany Talley kept Dayton hitless in a 8-0 win Friday at Rocky Johnson Field.
Dayton’s only runner to reach base came off an Ashley Turner walk with one out in the second inning. Not known for overpowering hitters, Talley (6-0) struck out four batters and relied on her defense the rest of the way as Dayton never found an answer for the southpaw.
“I really didn’t know I had (the no-hitter) until (the PA announcer) announced it over the loud speaker,” Talley said following the game. “Now that I think about it, it feels really good. It’s great to have this defense behind me because you can’t have a no-hitter without having all those girls behind you to make all those great plays. It is really a great feeling that I can throw all my pitches and they will always be there behind me.”
The freshman garnered the start in the second game for the Red Raiders after Kelsey Dennis threw a one-hit shutout against Howard earlier in the day.
The win extended Tech’s season-opening winning streak to 18 games as the Red Raiders remain one of the few undefeated teams left in the country.
“Both those lefties got ahead in the count and moved the ball around well,” head coach Shanon Hays said. “Both Howard and Dayton are decent hitting squads, and Dayton is really good at the plate. Brittany Talley has been throwing the ball well all year, and we are very proud of her. For the first day of a three-day classic like this, to be able to have your pitching be this efficient, I’m really happy about the way we competed.”
Tech took advantage of big innings at the plate to give Talley plenty of run support. The Red Raiders plated three runners in the second inning and capitalized on a few Dayton errors in the fourth to put the game away.
After opening the game with a RBI single from Logan Hall in the first, Raven Richardson began the second with a two-run homer to right field, her third dinger of the year. Mikey Kenney added an RBI later in the inning off a single up the middle.
Kermitria Ward got things rolling for Tech in the fourth, beating the throw to first on a slapped ground ball to short. The speedy freshman kept the pressure on Dayton soon after, moving from first to third on a Mikey Kenney single to center field.
Ward and Kenney both came around to score on Dayton’s first error of the inning as a McKenzie Clemmons grounder went just under the glove of Ashley Turner at second. The Flyers appeared out of the inning a few batters later, but a Sandy James two-out grounder to Brittany Barker at third was thrown wild to first, allowing two more Tech runners to score.
With the eight-run lead necessary to end the game via run rule, Talley ended the game with her third three-up, three-down inning.
Amanda Daly (2-2) earned the loss for Dayton after three innings pitched where she allowed six runs off nine hits and two walks. The Flyers (6-5) had previously won their opening game of the day against Howard, 10-3.
• Talley’s no-hitter was the sixth in Tech history and the first since Amanda Renfro threw a perfect game against Penn State on March 10, 2001. Talley is just the fourth Tech pitcher to have no-hitter as Renfro collected three in her career, while Emily Hayes and Jenny Cannon each added one in their respective Tech tenures.
• Between Talley and first game starter Dennis, Tech allowed no runs off one total hit and two walks to go along with a hit batsman over 10 total innings.
• Tech extended its no-error streak to three consecutive games as the Red Raiders continued their sharp-fielding against Dayton.
• The Red Raiders have now ended 10 of their last 12 games due to a run rule, including the previous five games consecutively.
• Kenney moved her career-high hitting streak to 12 consecutive games after a 3-for-3 day at the plate that included two runs scored and a RBI.
• Hall picked up right where she left off last weekend, driving in two runs on the day after a 3-for-4 combined day at the plate that included two runs scored and a walk.
• Richardson’s home run in the second inning was the junior’s third of the season and second long ball in the last three games.
• Both of Tech’s two games were its shortest of the season as the opener against Howard lasted only one hour and six minutes, while the finale against Dayton went an hour and nine minutes.