Texas Tech Sweeps UTSA
Brennan Stewart pitched 6.1 innings out of the bullpen while retiring 19-of-20 batters to lead Texas Tech to an 8-2 win over UTSA in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Foster Field in San Angelo.
Texas Tech (18-11) saw its two-run lead disappear after UTSA (11-19) scored two runs in the third inning. Red Raiders head coach Dan Spencer then brought in Stewart to record the final out of the third inning. He went on to retire 17 consecutive batters and finished the game sitting down 19-of-20 batters he faced.
The Red Raiders were led offensively by Reid Redman (2-for-3, 3 RBI) and Kevin Whitehead, who went 1-for-3 while hitting his first home run of the season, a solo shot to right field to lead off the fourth inning which gave Tech the eventual game-winning run.
Tech scored a pair of unearned runs in the second on an RBI double by Kelby Tomlinson and with an RBI bunt single by Reid Redman. UTSA scored a pair of runs in the top of the third inning off Tech starter Jamen Parten to tie the game.
Stewart earned his first win of the season and the second win of his career throwing 6.1 innings allowing just one hit with a career-high seven strikeouts. It is the most strikeouts by a Tech pitcher in relief this season.
Tech played five runs in the fourth on six base hits. The Red Raiders also added a run in the eighth, which saw four Tech batters draw walks and Paiz to come around and score on a wild pitch.
Texas Tech Wins Game 2 11-6
Texas Tech used a five-run seventh inning and 3.2 dominating innings out of the bullpen from John Neely to finish off a doubleheader sweep over UTSA, 11-6, on Tuesday evening at Foster Field in San Angelo.
Texas Tech improves to 19-11 overall on the season, marking the program’s most wins through its opening 30 games since starting the 2006 season 20-10 overall. UTSA falls to 11-20 on the season.
After cruising through the opening five innings with a 5-3 lead, Texas Tech found itself in a close contest when UTSA scored two runs in the sixth to tie the game.
Neely entered the game and slammed the door pitching 3.2 innings with six strikeouts to earn his seventh win of the season. UTSA reliever Michael Kraft (1-2) pitched 5.0 innings allowing two runs on six hits with three strikeouts in the loss.
Neely struck out the first four batters he faced, including back-to-back hitters in the fifth to end the Roadrunners rally with runners at first and second base.
He followed with a three-up, three-down inning in the seventh and then Tech gave Neely all of the run support he would need.
Designated hitter Kevin Whitehead hit an RBI single to center field, scoring sophomore catcher Bo Altobelli who reached base with a hit-by-pitch. It was the second consecutive game Whitehead provided Tech with the eventual game-winning RBI.
Freshman David Paiz followed with an RBI single and Nick Hanslik drove in two runs with his first career triple to left-center field to give Tech a 9-5 lead.
Reid Redman then drove in Hanslik with an infield-bunt single and the following inning Barrett Barnes hit his seventh home run of the season (21st career HR) to give Tech its 11th run of the game.
Neely then allowed one run in the eighth inning before striking out two batters in the ninth to secure the doubleheader sweep for Texas Tech.
Redman was the only Red Raider with back-to-back multi-hit games in the doubleheader as he went 2-for-4 in the nightcap. Shortstop Kelby Tomlinson went 3-for-4 with a walk, Paiz finished 2-for-4, Altobelli went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Barnes went 3-for-5 with two RBI.