Tech Uses Seven-Run Fifth in 15-2 Victory|
March 8, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 30 Texas Tech used a seven-run fifth inning and five triples in the game en route to a 15-2 victory over New Mexico State in game two of a four-game series on Friday evening in front of 2,508 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Tech (12-3) won its 10th straight home game while capitalizing on season highs in runs and base hits (18) with six players finishing with multiple hits. New Mexico State (7-7) used 23 players in the contest while six pitchers saw action during the three hour and 21 minute contest.
Junior right-handed pitcher Dominic Moreno (1-2) earned his first win of the season pitching five innings with three strikeouts while allowing just one run on three hits and four walks. It marked Moreno's fourth consecutive start this season allowing just one earned run.
NMSU starter Billy Conard (1-1) took the loss allowing five runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and three walks. The NMSU bullpen combined allowed 10 runs on nine hits in four innings with three strikeouts while five relievers entered the game.
Tech's five triples marked its most in a game since a school-record six in 1975 during a 29-7 victory at Rice.
Senior third baseman Jake Barrios had a career-high four base hits (4-for-5) with two runs, a triple and four RBI. Sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, a triple and an RBI. Senior catcher Mason Randolph went 2-for-4 with his first career triple and four RBI.
Randolph got Tech started in the second inning with an RBI single up the middle to plate the first run of the game. Junior infielder Bryant Burleson (3-for-4) tripled in the fourth and came around to score on freshman Stephen Smith's sacrifice fly to make it 2-1 after NMSU scored a run in the fourth to tie the game, 1-1.
Tech then scored 11 runs over the next two innings with a season-high seven runs in the fifth on eight base hits with 12 batters coming to the plate and with nine batters coming to the plate the following inning during a four-run frame with two base hits and four players reaching on two walks and two hit-by-pitch.
Senior right fielder Adam Kirsch (2-for-4, 2 RBI) extended his hit streak to 13 games, freshman designated hitter Matt Broadbent (2-for-3, 2 runs) finished with multiple hits for the second time this season and Stephen Smith reached base safely three times with two walks and a triple while finishing with two runs scored and two RBI.
Sophomore reliever Johnathon Tripp pitched three innings in relief allowing just one run on four hits with two strikeouts. Junior reliever Nick Pettus pitched a scoreless ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts.
Texas Tech and New Mexico State will resume their four-game weekend series on Saturday, Mar. 8 at 2 p.m. at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.