Tech Wins Series Over Baylor, Earns 1,500th All-Time Victory|
May 18, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech clinched its first home Big 12 series of the season with a 7-1 victory in game two over Baylor on Friday evening in front of 2,817 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The win also gave the Red Raiders their 1,500th all-time victory in program history.
Texas Tech (25-27, 9-14 Big 12) left-handed pitcher Jonny Drozd pitched six scoreless innings during his fourth win of the season while notching three strikeouts and allowing seven hits and one walk.
Junior reliever Dominic Moreno pitched the final three frames to earn his first career save allowing a run on five hits with five strikeouts and a walk. He struck out the side in the ninth inning to end the game with a 1-2-3 inning.
Baylor starting pitcher Dillon Newman (3-3) took the loss allowing four runs on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
Tech grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first inning with an RBI double from junior center fielder Devon Conley and a two-run homer over the left-field wall from freshman first baseman Eric Gutierrez. The home run was the second of the series for Gutierrez while giving him a team-leading five home runs on the season.
Drozd worked out of several jams throughout his 10th start of the season while Baylor left 14 runners on base.
Besides a perfect three-up, three-down top of the first inning, Drozd left Baylor base runners stranded in six consecutive innings (2nd-6th) while eight of the 12 left-on-base against Drozd were in scoring position.
Sophomore shortstop Tim Proudfoot led Tech at the plate going 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. He drove in Tech's fourth run of the game with an RBI single to left field in the fourth and he also drove in Tech's fifth run in the seventh with an RBI triple to left-center field.
The Red Raiders added to their lead in the seventh on junior third baseman Jake Barrios' two-run single through the right side. Barrios was one of seven Tech players with at least one base hit in the game.
Sophomore second baseman Bryant Burleson went 1-for-4 to extend his current hit streak to 10 games. It is his second double-figure hitting streak of the season while hitting in 11 straight games to start the season.
Texas Tech will look for its first Big 12 series sweep since 2011 with game three against Baylor set for Saturday at 12:06 p.m. In addition, the Red Raiders will honor three seniors before Saturday's game holding Senior Day for infielder Scott LeJeune, outfielder Brennan Moore and right-handed pitcher Jerad McCrummen who will play in their final home game at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.