MIDLAND, Texas - UTSA's Tony Benedict pitched a three-hit, seven-inning complete game shutout to lift the Roadrunners to a 3-0 win over Texas Tech on Tuesday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader at CitiBank Ballpark in Midland. The win over Texas Tech was the first for the Roadrunners in the all-time series.
The loss drops Texas Tech to 14-20 overall while UTSA improved to 17-14.
Benedict, a left-hander from Lewisville, held the Red Raiders at bay all afternoon as he scattered just three hits and struckout five. The complete game effort was the first by an opposing pitcher since Texas A&M's Zach Jackson went the distance (nine innings) on March 27, 2004.
The Roadrunners jumped on the board in the top of the second inning on an RBI fielder's choice by Casey Selsor. Third baseman Lance Brown led off the inning with a single up the middle and the moved to third on a well executed hit and run by Ryan Rummel. Instead of going home on the ground ball by Selsor, the Red Raiders opted for the easy out at second and Brown was able to score and gave UTSA a 1-0 lead.
An RBI triple by Aaron Powell in the top of the third gave UTSA a 2-0 advantage. Roadrunner center fielder Michael Rockett kept UTSA alive in the inning when he reached on a one-out single and then scored on the triple by Powell.
Lorenzo Douglas (0-2) suffered the loss for the Red Raiders as he allowed both runs on six hits and three walks in what was a career-long outing for the senior right-hander.
Texas Tech will try to salvage a series split with UTSA as game two of this doubleheader is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
R H E
UTSA 011 000 0 - 2 8 0
Texas Tech 000 000 0 - 0 3 0
WP = Andy Benedict (2-1)
LP = Lorenzo Douglas (0-2)
SV = None