DALLAS, Texas - Texas Tech matched its season-high with 21 hits and got outstanding pitching from its bullpen as the Red Raiders dropped Dallas Baptist 9-6 on Wednesday evening at Patriot Field.
The win snapped a three-game losing skid as the Red Raiders improved to 21-27 on the year while Dallas Baptist fell to 32-14.
The Tech offense didn't show any signs of a nine-day layoff in the first inning as the Red Raiders took an early 2-0 lead thanks to a two-RBI double by freshman designated hitter Scott LeJeune. Junior shortstop Joey Kenworthy kept Tech alive in the frame with a two-out single to right and then Chris Richburg drew a walk to set up the scoring chance for LeJeune. LeJeune then drove a double to the gap on a 2-2 count to lift the Red Raiders to the early lead.
Three walks by Tech starter Lorenzo Douglas in the bottom of the second led to trouble for the Red Raiders. After his third walk of the night and loading the bases, Douglas was pulled from the game in favor of senior left-hander Cory Large. Large, however, couldn't get Tech out of the inning quick enough as he gave up a grand slam home run to Ryan Goins in the next at-bat that gave Dallas Baptist a 5-2 lead. The home run was the 19th of the season for Goins.
DBU extended its lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the third thanks to a solo home run by third baseman Travis Meiners. The home run was his sixth of the year and the second allowed in the game by Large.
Freshman third baseman Justin Berry cut the Patriot lead in half in the top of the fourth with an RBI double to left-center. Berry's double plated Richburg from second after he led off the inning with a single to center.
The Red Raiders regained the lead in the top half of the fifth. Tech chased away DBU starter Victor Black with a leadoff single and a walk. The Patriots brought in reliever Chris Haney and the Red Raiders tagged him for two runs on five hits to grab the lead. LeJeune got Tech rolling with an RBI single, his third RBI of the game, and Taylor Ashby tied the game at 6-6 with a two-RBI double down the left field line. Freshman right fielder Mason Macnoll, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the fourth, gave Tech a 7-6 lead with an RBI single to left.
Richburg made it a two-run ballgame in the sixth with an RBI single that just got by a diving Austin Knight at second base. Richburg's single brought home Michael Reed who led off the inning with a single to right and the moved to second on sacrifice bunt by Kenworthy.
Ashby's third RBI of the night gave the Red Raiders a three-run cushion in the top of the eighth. Scott LeJeune reached on a one-out double and then Ashby brought him home with a double down the left field line to give Tech a 9-6 lead.
Cory Large picked up the win in relief for the Red Raiders as he went 2 2/3 innings allowing just two runs on four hits. Chad Bettis picked up his seventh save of the season after a scoreless ninth.
Texas Tech returns to action on Friday night as the Red Raiders open a three-game series against No. 10 Kansas State at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan.