LUBBOCK, TX – Sophomore designated hitter Scott LeJeune went 3-for-4 with three RBIs while Ben Flora earned his first career win with two shutout innings of relief to lead Texas Tech to an 8-5 win over Dallas Baptist on Tuesday evening at Dan Law Field.
The win puts a cap on a season opening, nine-game homestand as the Red Raiders improve to 7-2 on the year. Dallas Baptist had its three-game win streak snapped and the Patriots fall to 6-2 overall.
As they have done seven times previously this year, the Red Raiders got off to a good start early as Tech scored a pair of runs in the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Tech took advantage of a wild start by Dallas Baptist right-hander Chris Haney who hit three batters in the inning while walking another. Freshman right fielder Barrett Barnes drove in the first of his two RBIs on the night when he dropped a single into left that scored Michael Reed, who was hit on the first pitch of the frame. Haney handed Tech a 2-0 lead when he walked senior center fielder Taylor Ashby with the bases loaded.
Dallas Baptist's Duncan McAlpine put the Patriots on the board in the top of the second when he blasted a solo home run over the monster in center field. The home run was his fourth of the season.
Tech came firing back in the bottom half of the second with two more runs and took a 4-1 lead. Barnes drove in the first run with an RBI groundout while LeJuene double to left to score the second.
The Patriots answered in the top of the third and chased away Tech starter Brandon Petite after a leadoff home run by Austin Knight, a single by Ryan Enos and back-to-back walks by Jason Krizan and Travis Meiners. DBU ended up scoring three runs in the inning to tie the game at 4-4.
After surrendering the go-ahead run to DBU in the top of the fifth, the Red Raiders answered in their own half of the inning with an RBI double by Jeremy Mayo that tied the game up at 5-5. The double was the first of two by Mayo on the night as he established a new career high for most in a single game.
LeJeune broke the tie for the Red Raiders in the bottom of the sixth, when he blasted a two out, two-run single to center that gave Tech the lead at 7-5. Tech pushed across one more run in the seventh on a fielding error by Dallas Baptist right fielder Josh Wilson that gave the Red Raiders a three-run cushion.
Sophomore left-hander Ben Flora pitched two shutout innings for his first career win and improved to 1-0 on the season while junior left-hander Jay Johnson struckout four in 2 2/3 shutout innings to earn his third save.
Texas Tech hits the road for the first time this weekend as the Red Raiders travel to the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston. Tech will face No. 7 TCU at noon on Friday, No. 9 Rice at 7 p.m. on Saturday and unranked Houston at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets for the classic can be purchased in advance at astros.com or at the Minute Maid Park Box Office located on Texas Ave.
R H E
Dallas Baptist - 013 010 000 - 5 9 1
Texas Tech - 220 012 10x - 8 10 0
WP = Ben Flora (1-0)
LP = Ryan Millard (1-1)
SV = Jay Johnson (3)