Team Effort Gives Texas Tech 7-2 Win Over Dallas Baptist|
May 7, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech is going into a week-long break for spring semester final exams with a win under its belt after a 7-2 victory over Dallas Baptist on Tuesday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (23-26) went undefeated and won all six midweek home games this season - a first for the Red Raiders since 2005 (9-0). The Red Raiders didn't commit an error in the game, had eight players finish with a base hit and three freshmen combined allowed just two runs in the midweek victory.
The loss dropped Dallas Baptist to 25-24 overall on the season.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Matt Withrow (4-3) earned the win in his third consecutive midweek start going five innings allowing one run on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
A pair of freshmen joined Withrow on the hill on Tuesday as Justin Bethard and Dalton Brown combined pitched the final four innings of the game allowing one run on five hits with a pair of strikeouts and a walk.
DBU starting pitcher Cory Taylor (1-3) took the loss pitching one-plus inning with four runs allowed on just two hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
A four-run second inning propelled the Red Raiders as two base hits and four walks guided Tech to a 4-1 lead after DBU plated a run in the first on catcher Michael Miller's solo home run. Four Tech players had an RBI in the frame while catcher Mason Randolph, left fielder Brett Bell and center fielder Devon Conley all scored runs with bases-loaded walks.
Tech freshman first baseman Eric Gutierrez drove in a run with a ground out in the fifth and two batters later junior outfielder Todd Ritchie posted a two-out RBI with an infield single to give Tech a 6-1 advantage after five innings.
Withrow worked out of several jams in the game leaving runners at the corners in the first and leaving a pair of runners on base in the third and a runner in scoring position in the fifth.
Bell had a two-out RBI single up the middle to score Tech's final run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Senior designated hitter Scott LeJeune went 2-for-4 with a run while recording his 60th career multi-hit game. Sophomore second baseman Bryant Burleson was the only other Red Raider with a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Texas Tech will take the next week off to focus on spring semester final exams before returning to the field for its final road game of the regular season on Wednesday, May 15 at Arizona State at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., for an 8:30 p.m. CT first pitch.