No. 30 Texas Tech Takes Down ACU, 19-2|
April 9, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 30 Texas Tech scored 15 runs in the opening three innings and posted a season-high 21 base hits in the game while 22 Red Raiders saw action in a 19-2 victory over Abilene Christian on Tuesday evening at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (25-11) improved to 9-1 in midweek games this season and to 18-4 in home games. ACU dropped to 12-17 overall.
Tech starting pitcher Dylan Dusek allowed just one run in three innings of work with three strikeouts without allowing a walk in the no-decision. Five Red Raiders pitched out of the bullpen while sophomore right-handed pitcher Dalton Brown (2-0) earned the win pitching a perfect three-up, three-down seventh inning with a strikeout.
Abilene Christian starting pitcher Joe Gawrieh (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season allowing seven runs (6 earned) in 0.2 innings with five hits and two walks allowed.
Fourteen Red Raiders had at least one base hit while four Tech players finished with multi-hit games, including sophomore catcher Tyler Floyd (4-for-6, 3 RBI), sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez (3-for-4, 4 runs, HR, 4 RBI), sophomore outfielder Tyler Neslony (2-for-4, triple, 3 runs, 4 RBI) and junior shortstop Tim Proudfoot (2-for-3, triple, 2 runs).
Tech plated seven runs in the opening frame, sparked by Gutierrez' sixth home run of the season, a three-run shot over the left-center field wall giving Tech a 4-0 lead. Floyd added a two-out RBI single up the middle and then scored on Proudfoot's RBI triple to right center, where he also came around to score on a fielding error by the ACU center fielder, Tyler Eager.
A wild pitch and RBI single through the left side by sophomore Alec Humphreys gave Tech a 9-0 lead with two runs in the second inning. Tech added six more runs in the third on Neslony's bases-clearing, three-run triple into the right-center gap. Gutierrez followed with an RBI single to left and Floyd - the ninth batter of the inning - scored another pair of runs with an RBI single into left field to give Tech a 15-1 lead after three innings.
Tech's bullpen, comprising of right-handed pitcher Matt Withrow (1.0 IP, 2 SO, 2 BB), left-handed pitcher Ty Damron (2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO), Brown (1.0 IP, 1 SO), right-handed pitcher Matt Custred (1.0 IP, 2 BB, 1 SO) and right-handed pitcher Corey Taylor (1.0 IP) combined allowed just one run on two hits in six innings.
In addition, Tech freshman Stephen Smith reached base safely in 5-of-7 plate appearances with a career-high four walks while going 1-for-3 with three runs scored.
The Red Raiders will be back in action on their home field continuing their eight-game homestand hosting Kansas State for a three-game series, Apr. 11-13, at Rip Griffin Park. The series opener is set for Friday at 6:30 p.m. while game two is Saturday - following the Tech spring football game - with a 3 p.m. first pitch. Sunday's series finale is set for a FOX College Sports broadcast with first pitch slated for 1:07 p.m.