No. 23 Tech Wins on Walk-Off in 11th Over WVU|
May 16, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior catcher Hunter Redman went 3-for-4 and delivered a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give No. 23 Texas Tech a 4-3 victory over West Virginia in its Big 12 series opener on Friday evening at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech improves to 38-16 overall and to 12-10 in Big 12 play while collecting its 12th straight win at home. The Red Raiders are now 29-4 at home this season, their most wins at home since 1997.
In the history of the Big 12 Conference (since 1997) there have been 66 teams win 38 games in a season - all 66 of those teams have qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Junior left-handed pitcher Cameron Smith (6-1) earned the win while recording the final out of the WVU 11th inning with a strikeout leaving runners at first and second base. Smith was one of three Red Raider relievers who combined pitched 8.2 innings.
Mountaineers reliever Sean Carley (5-3) took the loss allowing the game-winning run on three hits in 2.1 innings with one walk allowed.
Tech evened the score at one in the sixth inning with two outs on sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez' second double of the game which scored second baseman Bryant Burleson who doubled down the left-field line earlier in the inning.
Gutierrez went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI.
The Red Raiders added runs the following two innings to take a 3-1 lead. WVU then tied the game in the ninth inning with a double and two hit-by-pitch off Tech junior right-handed reliever Dominic Moreno.
Red Raider starting pitcher Corey Taylor went 2.1 scoreless innings before senior lefty Jonny Drozd pitched 5.2 innings allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk before exiting before the ninth.
WVU starter Harrison Musgrave took a no decision allowing three runs on 10 hits in eight innings with seven strikeouts and a walk.
In the 11th, sophomore defensive replacement at third base, Alec Humphreys singled through the left side the start the inning. Senior outfielder Devon Conley laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Humphreys to third and then shortstop Tim Proudfoot reached base and advanced Humphreys to third on a line drive to center field that was dropped by Bobby Boyd to give Tech a pair of runners in scoring position with one out.
Redman, who posted a season-high three base hits, drove a 2-2 pitch into left field for the game-winning, walk-off base hit. It marked Tech's first walk-off base hit in extra-innings since 2012 (Barrett Barnes, vs. Houston - 12th inning).
It marked the fifth time this season Tech has won the game during its final at-bat.
The Red Raiders and Mountaineers will continue their series on Friday, May 16 with game two at 6:30 p.m. at Rip Griffin Park.