Tech Takes Midweek Series Opener Over Utah Valley, 9-2|
March 12, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior left-handed pitcher Jonny Drozd struck out 10 batters in seven shutout innings while guiding Texas Tech to a 9-2 victory over Utah Valley on Tuesday evening at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (11-7) improved to 9-2 at home this season while not committing an error for the third consecutive game and manufacturing nine runs on nine hits. The Wolverines dropped to 7-9 overall and to 4-5 on the road this season.
Drozd (2-1), who was making his first career start at home, was perfect through 4.1 innings before allowing a single to center field in the fifth inning.
He went on to retire the next seven batters in a row before a single and a walk in the seventh gave the Wolverines their first runner in scoring position, but then Drozd struck out left fielder Kade Andrus to end the scoring threat.
Drozd struck out multiple batters in four frames - including striking out the side in his final inning of work in the seventh. He allowed just two base hits and one walk while becoming the third Red Raider this season with a 10-strikeout performance (Dominic Moreno - 11, Trey Masek - 12).
Utah Valley starting pitcher Adam Gunn (1-3) took the loss allowing six runs (5 ER) on seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
Tech manufactured runs all game while plating a run in the second and third innings, four in the fourth and a run in the sixth and two in the seventh.
The Red Raiders' first two runs came on groundouts to second baseman Willie Pratt, as catcher Mason Randolph drove in the first run of the game and second baseman Bryant Burleson gave Tech a 2-0 lead in the third with another RBI groundout.
Tech's big inning came in the fourth when it sent eight batters to the plate and scored four runs off three base hits and also collected a walk and a hit-by-pitch - both of which started the inning and came around to score.
Shortstop Tim Proudfoot drove in two runs in the fourth with a two-run double to left field and then junior third baseman Jake Barrios doubled to left field while scoring Proudfoot. Yet another RBI groundout to second base - this time by center fielder Brett Bell - gave Tech a 6-0 lead and its fourth run of the frame.
Texas Tech also tallied a season-high five stolen bases and matched a season-high with nine walks against Wolverines pitching staff that included four pitchers on Tuesday evening.
Freshman Jarrard Poteete went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two walks while reaching base safely in all five plate appearances. Proudfoot went 2-for-4 with two runs, a stolen base and two RBI while Bell went 2-for-5 with a run scored, two stolen bases and two RBI.
Utah Valley shortstop Kai Hatch finished with half of the Wolverines base hits going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Tech and Utah Valley will complete their midweek series on Wednesday, March 13 with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.