No. 25 Texas Tech Scores 20 in Win Over SFA|
March 19, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 25 Texas Tech used 17 base hits and an 11-run sixth-inning during a 20-4 victory over Stephen F. Austin on a very late Tuesday night at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (17-5) won its 14th consecutive home game, marking its longest home winning streak since the 1999 season. The Red Raiders' 20 runs marked their most in a game since 2012 when Tech scored 25 runs against Alabama A&M. SFA (8-10) dropped to 3-6 on the road this season.
The victory also gave the Red Raiders their 10th straight home victory in midweek competition.
The midweek series opener, originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m., was delayed due to inclement weather, and was eventually started at 9:06 p.m. - the latest first pitch for a Tech home game in over 13 years. The contest lasted two hours and 37 minutes while concluding at 11:43 p.m. local time.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Matt Withrow (2-1) earned the win pitching five innings allowing three runs with five strikeouts and a walk. Withrow improved to 6-0 during his career pitching at home.
SFA freshman left-handed pitcher Patrick Ledet (0-1) took the loss in his first career start going three innings allowing six runs (3 ER) with one strikeout and two walks.
Tech was led by freshman center fielder Stephen Smith who went 5-for-6 with two runs scored and three RBI and by senior third baseman Jake Barrios who reached base safely in all six plate appearances going 3-for-3 with a career-high four runs and an RBI.
Tech plated five runs in the first - sparked by a two-run RBI double by sophomore left fielder Alec Humphreys (2-for-4, 2 RBI).
The Red Raiders led 6-3 going into the bottom of the fourth where they added a run on outfielder Adam Kirsch's sacrifice fly and then exploded for 11 runs in the sixth inning on six base hits with 14 Red Raiders coming to the plate.
The Tech sixth was highlighted by Smith's two base hits, including a two-run, two out single and run scored, Kirsch's two-run double and first baseman Eric Gutierrez' three-run triple.
Smith became the first Red Raider with five hits in a game since 2011 (Stephen Hagen, at Baylor), Barrios has now reached base safely in eight consecutive plate appearances since Sunday and Kirsch has reached base safely in 20 consecutive games.
Gutierrez finished the game going 2-for-5 with four RBI and Burleson tallied two RBI in the win.
Tech senior left-handed pitcher Jonny Drozd pitched two innings in relief allowing one run on a hit with a strikeout and a walk. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Dalton Brown pitched the final two frames without allowing a run on one hit with two strikeouts and a walk.
Tech and SFA will conclude their two-game midweek series on Wednesday with a 2 p.m. first pitch set for Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.