Taylor Dominates in Midweek Sweep Over Utah Valley|
March 13, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech was led by sophomore Corey Taylor's 12 strikeouts in seven shutout innings while completing a midweek series sweep over Utah Valley with a 6-0 shutout on Wednesday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (12-7) recorded its fifth shutout of the season and improved to 10-2 at home while Utah Valley dropped to 7-10 overall and to 4-6 on the road. It marks the first time the Red Raiders have had five shutouts through its first 19 games of the season since 1993.
Taylor (2-2) allowed just one base hit over seven innings while becoming the fourth Red Raider this season with at least 10 strikeouts as he fanned 12 - which equal teammate Trey Masek's total as the most by a Red Raider this season.
Taylor struck out the side in the first and finished with at least two strikeouts in five of his seven innings pitched. He retired the first seven batters he faced in order and he finished his third start of the season retiring 14 consecutive batters from the third to seventh inning.
Utah Valley starting pitcher Devin Nelson (1-1) took the loss going five innings while allowing three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts.
Tech scored two in the third inning on Bryant Burleson's RBI infield single and on Devon Conley's RBI fielder's choice. The Red Raiders added a third run in the fourth inning on third baseman Jake Barrios' RBI single through the left side to take a 3-0 lead.
Taylor, meanwhile, shutdown the Wolverines in order during the fourth through seventh inning while striking out six batters in the process.
Randolph finished the game going 4-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. It marked Randolph's third career four-hit performance.
Five other Red Raiders had base hits while Randolph was the only Tech player with a multi-hit game.
The Tech bullpen combined for two scoreless innings while senior right-handed pitcher Jerad McCrummen and freshman right-handed pitcher Nathan Bauder both erased Utah Valley rallies with double play grounders in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.
Texas Tech will open Big 12 Conference play on the road for the third consecutive year with a series at Texas, starting Friday, March 15 at 6:35 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin. The Red Raiders and Longhorns will have all three games of its series televised on the Longhorn Network.