Texas Tech Crushes Baylor 17-5 in Series Opener|
May 17, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech clinched a berth in the Big 12 Championship with its most dominating Big 12 victory of the season with a 17-5 win over Baylor on Thursday night in front of 2,427 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (24-27, 8-14 Big 12) had season highs in runs scored and with 21 base hits while collecting 13 two-out RBI in the contest over the Bears (26-24, 11-10 Big 12), who are playing Tech in Lubbock for the first time since 2010.
Texas Tech had seven players with multi-hit games, scored its most runs in a Big 12 games since 2010 and saw every starting position player post at least one base hit in the victory.
Tech had four multiple run innings while scoring seven runs in the fourth and plating three runs in three separate innings. The Red Raiders also had three or more base hits in four different innings.
Starting pitcher Trey Masek improved to 4-1 this season with seven innings pitched and seven strikeouts while allowing two runs on five hits and two walks.
Baylor starter Max Garner allowed a career-high 10 runs on 12 hits with six strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work.
Tech trailed 2-1 before freshman designated hitter Jarrard Poteete blasted his third home run of the season off the video board over the right-center wall for a three-run homer giving Tech a 4-2 lead.
With Poteete's blast, the Red Raiders outscored the Bears 16-3 the rest of the way while Masek cruised during his sixth start this season pitching at least seven innings.
Tech started its half of the fourth with back-to-back strikeouts before nine consecutive Red Raiders reached base safely, including seven who recorded base hits. Tech's seven-run fourth inning included three doubles and a total of seven two-out RBI.
Masek, meanwhile, retired 19-of-22 batters from the final out of the first inning through a perfect three-up, three-down seventh inning. Masek struck out at least two batters in the first, fourth and sixth innings.
Junior third baseman Jake Barrios went 3-for-4 with a season-high four RBI, junior center fielder Devon Conley went 4-for-5 with a season-high four base hits and freshman first baseman Eric Gutierrez hit his fourth home run of the season with a two-run shot in the seventh while going 2-for-5 with three RBI.
Poteete went 3-for-5 with four RBI while junior outfielder Todd Ritchie went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI, catcher Mason Randolph went 2-for-4 and left fielder Brett Bell went 2-for-5 with three runs scored.
Texas Tech will look for the series win on Friday with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch against Baylor at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.