Proudfoot, Gutierrez Homer While Tech Falls 13-8 Verses UCF
Proudfoot hit his second home run of the season
Feb. 23, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. - Texas Tech had 10 base hits, including a pair of home runs, but it wasn't enough as the Red Raiders fell 13-8 at UCF on Saturday evening in the second day of the UCF Wawa Weekend Classic in Orlando in front of 1,844 fans at Jay Bergman Field.
Tech (4-2) had three multiple run innings, including a four-run second when shortstop Tim Proudfoot and first baseman Eric Gutierrez both homered, while the Knights (4-2) tallied 18 base hits and three home runs in their second win in the weekend classic.
Proudfoot's solo home run in the third got Tech on the scoreboard while he finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI. Four batters later in the third, Gutierrez launched his first career home run over the left field wall as he went 2-for-5 with three RBI.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Corey Taylor (1-1) suffered his first loss of the season while allowing nine runs (8 ER) on 10 hits with three strikeouts and a walk in four innings.
UCF starting pitcher Danny Davis (2-0) earned the win with four runs allowed on six hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Reliever Chris Matulis worked the final three innings to record the save while tallying five strikeouts.
The Red Raiders' four-run second inning cut UCF's lead to a run, 5-4, but the following half inning the Knights put the game out of reach with its second four-run output of the game.
UCF scored at least one run in the first six innings of the game and also added a run in the eighth.
Every starting position player in the UCF batting lineup had at least one base hit while five players finished with a multi-hit game.
Tech freshman Tyler Neslony made his first career start as designated hitter while going 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. Neslony nearly had his first career base hit as a home run when he hit a deep fly ball over the right-field wall in the second inning but was robbed on the play as UCF right fielder Erik Hempe made the catch and brought the ball back in play.
Sophomore second baseman Bryant Burleson was the only Red Raider to score multiple runs while extending his team-leading hit streak to six games with a single in the third inning and also reaching base and scoring with a walk in the ninth.
Tech will play its final game in Orlando on Sunday morning with a 10 a.m. CT first-pitch against Connecticut at Jay Bergman Field. UConn is 1-1 on the weekend with a loss yesterday against UCF and with a 13-8 victory over Troy earlier today.
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