The Red Raiders have risen to the challenge of Big 12 Conference play of late and continue to not only rise, but surprise.
Behind the stellar pitching of Brittany Talley, the Red Raiders (33-9, 6-4 in Big 12 play) were able to extend their wining streak beating No. 9 Missouri 2-0 on Friday in Columbia, Missouri.
Along with beating Missouri (31-7, 9-4), the Red Raiders also snapped the Tigers 22-game home winning streak, which was the third longest in the country.
In the past week the Red Raiders have notched three wins in four games against teams in the Top 10 including topping No. 5 Oklahoma, 5-4 in Norman, Oklahoma, No. 5 Texas, 5-2 in Lubbock, and have now added No. 9 Missouri to their list of victims.
It was a quick moving game as both pitchers were dealing until the sixth inning, when Tech took advantage of some costly mistakes.
Following Emily Bledsoe and Logan Hall singles to get the inning started Mikey Kenney moved them over into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt.
After an intentional walk to Sandy James, which loaded the bases, Adrianna Perez struck out swinging.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Missouri starter Chelsea Thomas (16-5) just needed one more out to keep the Red Raiders off the scoreboard, but two mistakes would cost her.
A wild pitch, scored Bledsoe, then back-to-back walks drove in Hall making it 2-0, which is all Tech needed.
Talley (10-2) put the finishing touches on her one-hit shutout in the seventh inning and propelled the Red Raiders to the victory.
The left-hander finished the game going the distance allowing just one hit, now runs, now walks and one strikeout and did it with just 82 pitches.
The Red Raiders and Tigers are back in action on Saturday with first pitch set for 2 p.m., but that is subject to change with inclement weather in the forecast.