LUBBOCK, Texas - Freshman second baseman Garrett Totten went 4-for-4 with three RBIs while sophomore catcher Jeremy Mayo drove in four runs to lead Texas Tech to a 14-5 win over UNLV on Wednesday afternoon at Dan Law Field. The win gave Tech a two-game sweep of the Rebels and their 20th victory of the season.
Texas Tech now stands at 20-24 heading into this weekend's series at Missouri while UNLV falls to 20-20. The two-game midweek sweep marked a first for the Red Raiders this season.
For the second straight day, UNLV jumped out to an early lead as the Rebels scored three runs in the top half of the first inning off Tech starter Miles Morgan. Morgan, who was making his second start in three days, allowed three hits in the inning and pair of walks.
Tech came firing back in its half of the first as UNLV starter Marc Baca had troubles of his own. The Red Raiders pounded out four runs on three hits to take a 4-3 lead. Freshman designated hitter Scott LeJeune drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single to center and then Justin Berry drew a bases loaded walk to pull the Red Raiders within one at 3-2. Totten then tied things up with the first of his four hits on the day when he dropped an RBI single into right to even the score at 3-3. With the bases loaded, Mayo was hit by UNLV reliever Corey Hales and that gave the Red Raiders their first lead of the afternoon (4-3).
UNLV regrouped and put up two more runs in the third to take a 5-4 lead. Rance Roundy and Chad Claus each had RBI doubles in the inning to help stake the Rebel lead.
The two runs in the third, however, would be it for UNLV as relievers Lorenzo Douglas, Cory Large and Louis Head would combine for 5 2/3 shutout innings. Head picked up his second save of the year after tossing three shutout frames, allowing just one hit.
After an RBI double by Totten tied the game in the fifth, the Red Raiders scored four unearned runs in the sixth to take control of the game. A fielding error by UNLV shortstop Anthony Morel on a routine groundball by LeJeune, opened the flood gates for the Red Raiders as they scored all four runs with two outs in the inning.
In the eighth, Mayo blasted his eighth home run of the season, a three-run blast, to give the Red Raiders a 13-5 lead. Freshman Nick Hanslik pinch hit for Michael Reed in the next at-bat and followed Mayo's lead with a solo blast to left-center to make the score 14-5.
Lorenzo Douglas earned the win in relief for the Red Raiders as he logged 2 2/3 shutout innings to improve to 1-2 on the year. Corey Hales took the loss for the Rebels as he allowed five runs (one earned) on eight hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings.
Texas Tech will hit the road this weekend for a Big 12 Conference series against the Missouri Tigers in Columbia, Mo. First pitch on Friday night at Taylor Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m.