No. 24 Tech Clinches Series with Shutout|
April 19, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - No. 24 Texas Tech used an 8-0 shutout over Prairie View A&M to clinch its sixth weekend series on Friday evening at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park in front of 2,036 fans in attendance.
The Red Raiders (31-11) won their seventh straight game - matching their longest win streak of the season. Tech moved to 20 games over .500 this season while winning their 24th home game - the program's most since 2004 (26). The Panthers drop to 15-20 overall.
Freshman left-handed pitcher Dylan Dusek improved to 5-0 pitching 6.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts and two walks allowing four base hits during his third scoreless start of the year.
The Red Raiders, who have now held PVAMU scoreless for 11 consecutive innings - dating back to the series opener - scored four runs in the second, started by senior Adam Kirsch's sixth home run, and scored a run in the sixth and seventh innings each before scoring a pair of runs in the eighth.
Tech's four-run second also included an RBI single from shortstop Tim Proudfoot, who finished the game going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI while making seven assists and turning a pair of double plays.
Freshman center fielder Stephen Smith went 3-for-4 with a run scored, sophomore left fielder Tyler Neslony went 2-for-3 and senior third baseman Jake Barrios reached base safely in three of four plate appearances with a single, walk and hit-by-pitch with two runs scored.
Junior right-handed pitcher Corey Taylor entered in relief in the seventh and retired four consecutive batters to end the seventh and eighth innings before handing off to sophomore right-handed reliever Johnathon Tripp who allowed just one base runner, via hit-by-pitch, with a strikeout to end the game.
In addition, freshman Matt Broadbent recorded his first career pinch hit base hit in the eighth inning to plate Tech's final two runs of the game as both Proudfoot and Smith scored after reaching on a single and double, respectively.
The third and final game of the non-conference series will be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 19 at Rip Griffin Park, an hour ahead of the originally scheduled first-pitch time due to potential inclement weather.