Texas Tech Knocks Off FIU 8-6 in Final Game of Florida Trip
Neslony hit two doubles while going 2-for-5 with three RBI
Feb. 26, 2013
MIAMI - A six-run sixth inning led Texas Tech to an 8-6 victory over Florida International on Tuesday afternoon during the final game of a non-conference midweek series at FIU Baseball Stadium in Miami.
The win caps Texas Tech's (5-4) five games in five days trip to the Sunshine state as the Red Raiders played three games in Orlando last weekend and completed a two-game series with FIU (7-2) in Miami.
The Red Raiders scored all of their runs in two frames while plating two runs in the first and getting a home run from catcher Mason Randolph and a two-run double from freshman Tyler Neslony to spark a six-run sixth inning.
Junior left-handed pitcher Jonny Drozd (1-0) won his first career game while making his Red Raider debut as a starting pitcher while going five frames with two strikeouts and scattering 10 base hits and four runs (3 ER) in the win.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Johnathon Tripp earned his second save of the season pitching the final two innings while allowing just one run on three hits with two strikeouts.
FIU starting pitcher John Caballero (0-1) took the loss allowing two runs in five innings of work with four strikeouts and a walk.
Junior shortstop Jake Barrios led the Red Raiders at the plate going 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. Neslony was Tech's key run producer with a pair of doubles while going 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Senior designated hitter Scott LeJeune recorded his second straight multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with an RBI in his second straight start.
Junior center fielder Devon Conley led off the game with a double to right-center field and came around to score on Neslony's RBI double to the right-center gap. Neslony scored on LeJeune's fielder's choice grounder to the shortstop to give Tech an early 2-0 lead.
FIU scored a run on an RBI single in the fourth by catcher Aramis Garcia to bring the Panthers within a run, 2-1.
Tech put the game out of reach with six runs on just three hits in the sixth inning while sending 10 batters to the plate. Barrios, Conley and freshman first baseman Eric Gutierrez added RBI in the inning while Tech held on for the win despite FIU scoring three in the bottom of the sixth, one in the seventh and one in the ninth inning.
Texas Tech will return home this weekend hosting La Salle for a three-game homestand starting Friday, Mar. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock.
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