Senior reliever Steve Rowe struck out six batters and didn't allow a hit in three scoreless innings of relief to lead the Texas Tech Red Raiders to a 7 - 4 win over the Seton Hall Pirates in the first game of the three game set at Dan Law Field on Friday afternoon.
Texas Tech (11 - 4) jumped on the board in the bottom of the first inning when senior first baseman Bryon Smith hit a line drive single to center field that plated Scooter Jordan from third. Tech extended its lead in the bottom of the third thanks to back-to-back RBI singles by Gera Alvarez and Willie Durazo to give the Red Raiders a 3 - 0 lead.
Seton Hall (2 - 2) scored its first run of the ball game in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Barlow that plated Mike Bascom. The Pirates came back in the top of the fifth inning and tied the game on a two run home run by Tim Pahuta.
Seton Hall took advantage of Tech starter Chris Phillips by getting four hits in the inning after Phillips had retired 11 out of the previous 15 batters including strikeouts. Tech retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI single by senior catcher Willie Durazo. Durazo's single plated Bryon Smith who singled to straight away center field. Seton Hall responded in the top of the sixth inning with one run double from Tim Pahuta that tied the score at 4 - 4. The Red Raiders took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh when Jon Slack got an infield single with the bases loaded scoring Gera Alvarez to give Tech the 5 - 4 lead.
The lead was extended in the bottom of the eighth as Tech scored two runs on two hits, two walks, and two wild pitches by Seton Hall reliever Mike Santmyer.
Willie Durazo led all Tech hitters with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate which also gave him his second three-hit game of the year. Senior reliever Steve Rowe, who replaced starter Chris Phillips in the middle of the sixth, retired the last six Seton Hall batters of the game including four consecutive strikeouts.
Rowe (3 - 0) picked up this third win in relief this season and didn't surrender a hit in three innings of work and struck out six. Both Phillips and Rowe combined for 14 strikeouts on the afternoon. Seton Hall reliever Chris Noonan suffered the loss for the Pirates and fell to 1 - 1 on the year.
Seton Hall was led offensively by first baseman Tim Pahuta who was 2-for-4 with a solo home run. Texas Tech and Seton Hall will continue their three game series on Saturday at Dan Law Field.
Game two of the series is set to get underway at 3 p.m. Fans who hold tickets for either the men's or women's basketball game on Saturday can receive free admission with their ticket or ticket stub.