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Withrow, Red Raiders dispose of Dallas Baptist, 7-2

Texas Tech finishes undefeated in home midweek games for first time since 2005

Posted: May 7, 2013 - 6:49pm  |  Updated: May 8, 2013 - 12:36am
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Texas Tech's Jake Barrios makes a throw to first for the out against Dallas Baptist during their game at Rip Griffin Park Tuesday. (Stephen Spillman)  Stephen Spillman / AJ Media
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Texas Tech's Jake Barrios makes a throw to first for the out against Dallas Baptist during their game at Rip Griffin Park Tuesday. (Stephen Spillman)
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The way Matt Withrow is pitching, if Texas Tech can somehow squeeze into the Big 12 Championships in two weeks, he could be a huge factor in how far Tech advances.

The freshman right-hander from Odessa had his third straight solid start for the Red Raiders on Tuesday, holding Dallas Baptist to just one run, and Tech erased the disappointment of Sunday’s loss to Oklahoma State with a 7-2 victory over the Patriots at Rip Griffin Park.

“I feel better, and I’m more confident,” said Withrow, who scattered five hits on a career-high 99 pitches. “I’m trusting my pitches more and that’s always better when you can trust your pitches.”

Withrow (4-3) did walk three, but he also struck out four, and head coach Tim Tadlock said about the only drawback to the outing was Withrow’s struggles to work more efficiently. He lasted just five innings in his 99 pitches, and much of that was attributed to his struggles to get through the Patriots’ batters in order.

Withrow gave up a two-out solo home run to Michael Miller in the first, and the Patriots (25-24) had at least two runners on base in all but one inning Withrow pitched. But he also worked his way out of those jams thanks to a pair of double plays and making some big pitches.

“He’s just growing,” Tadlock said. “He keeps getting better, and it’s really exciting to watch him go out to the mound every time. You know the more times he goes out there the better he gets, and his stuff is really good. When he learns to be more efficient in the zone and get more contact early in at-bats, he’ll be able to go seven, eight, nine innings.”

Withrow’s effort, and a lineup that Tadlock said was more focused as a unit than it was for most of the past weekend against OSU, allowed Tech (23-26) to take an early lead and never look back.

The Red Raiders took advantage of a shaky outing by DBU starter Cory Taylor (1-3), who left in the second inning after allowing the tying run on two walks and two singles. The inning didn’t end until Tech got two more bases-loaded walks and a sacrifice fly by Jake Barrios off reliever Jay Calhoun, turning an early 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 lead.

“They walked us a bunch, and we were patient at the plate,” said second baseman Bryant Burleson, who had two of Tech’s 10 hits. “It just makes the game more fun, makes it easier to play, I guess, when everybody’s together and we’re backing each other up or pulling for each other in the dugout.”

With the lead, and with Withrow keeping the Patriots off the scoreboard, Tech was able to do something in the later innings that eluded it over the weekend — get run-scoring, two-out hits.

After an RBI groundout by Gutierrez made it 5-1 in the fifth, Todd Ritchie added an infield single to score Barrios from third and push the advantage to 6-1.

After DBU had closed to within 6-2 in the sixth, Tech added a big run in the eighth when Mason Randolph doubled to right with one out, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Brett Bell’s two-out single up the middle.

Both teams had 10 hits, but the Patriots stranded 14 runners on base, whereas Tech stranded just seven.

“I thought we were a lot better today, no doubt about it,” Tadlock said. “We were a lot better at the plate and actually grinded out some at-bats and did some things that guys have got to do. More than anything we were all on the same page throughout the lineup today it seemed like, compared to Sunday.”

With the win, the Red Raiders how go into a seven-day break for final exams with more confidence and better attitude about the final four games of the season — May 15 at Arizona State before hosting Baylor May 16-18 in the final Big 12 Conference series of the season.

“We just have to focus on playing good baseball like (Tadlock) has told us the last couple of days,” Burleson said. “As long as we focus on playing good baseball, the results are going to come.”

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TEXAS TECH 7, DALLAS BAPTIST 2

Dallas Baptist Texas Tech

Player ab r h bi Player ab r h bi

Collins cf 5 0 0 0 Bell lf 4 0 1 2

Mitchell rf 5 0 0 0 Conley cf 3 1 1 1

Miller c 5 1 1 1 Barrios 3b 3 1 1 1

McAlpine 3b 3 0 2 0 Gutierrez 1b 4 0 1 1

Listi lf 3 0 2 0 Burleson 2b 4 1 2 0

Lynch 1b 5 1 2 0 Ritchie rf 2 0 1 1

Alexander dh 4 0 2 0 Poteete ph 1 0 0 0

Knight ss 4 0 1 0 Moore rf 0 0 0 0

Garrido 2b 1 0 0 1 LeJeune dh 4 1 2 0

Randolph c 3 2 1 1

Proudfoot ss 4 1 0 0

Totals 35 2 10 2 Totals 32 7 10 7

Dallas Baptist 100 001 000 — 2 10 0

Texas Tech 040 020 01x — 7 10 0

DP — Dallas Baptist 1, Texas Tech 2. LOB — Dallas Baptist 14, Texas Tech 7. 2B — McAlpine 2(13), Listi (11), Randolph (4). HR — Miller (6). SF — Barrios (6). SB — Alexander (7), Bell (29), Conley (12).

Pitching summaries

Pitcher ip h r er bb so

Dallas Baptist

Taylor (L, 1-3) 1 2 4 4 3 2

Calhoun 1/3 0 0 0 2 0

Voelker 32/3 4 2 2 0 3

Smith 2 2 0 0 0 0

Koch 1 2 1 1 0 2

Texas Tech

Withrow (W, 4-3) 5 5 1 1 3 4

Bethard 2 4 1 1 0 1

Brown 2 1 0 0 1 1

WP — Koch (4), Withrow (7). HBP — by Withrow (Garrido), by Withrow (Garrido), by Bethard (Garrido), by Bethard (Listi). U — Carter, Howard, Sooter. T — 2:49. A — 2,226. Records: Dallas Baptist 25-24; Texas Tech 23-26.

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