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Kirsch, Gutierrez lead Texas Tech offensive onslaught in 16-6 victory over Oklahoma St.

Posted: April 5, 2014 - 6:57pm  |  Updated: April 6, 2014 - 12:33am
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STILLWATER, Okla. — Adam Kirsch homered twice and drove in six total runs, and Eric Gutierrez added a pair of two-run singles as the No. 25 Texas Tech baseball team pounded No. 20 Oklahoma State, 16-6, to even their Big 12 Conference series Saturday afternoon at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

The win improves the Red Raiders to 24-10 on the season and 5-6 on the year. More importantly, but winning in blowout fashion, Tech was able to save some of its top pitchers — Chris Sadberry, Jonny Drozd and Ryan Moseley — to try to close out a second consecutive Big 12 road series victory when the teams meet in the rubber match on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Tech starter Johnathon Tripp was solid in his first career Big 12 start, holding the Cowboys to a run on two hits while striking out three in four-plus innings. And he got all the run support he would need.

After managing just one run on five hits on Friday, the Red Raiders chased Oklahoma State starter Tyler Buffett (2-1) after just two innings. Buffett allowed a pair of runs on four hits and a walk.

But the real damage was done against the bullpen of the Cowboys (21-10, 4-4), which surrendered 14 runs on eight hits, six walks and three hit batters.

Kirsch’s third home run of the year put Tech on the board and gave them a 1-0 lead in the second. Tim Proudfoot followed with an RBI double, and Todd Ritchie, who tied a school record with five walks, scored on a wild pitch in the third to make it 3-0.

It was Kirsch’s two-run double, however, that kickstarted the blowout and led to a six-run fifth inning for the Red Raiders, pushing the lead to 9-0. Zach Davis and Tyler Floyd each added two-run singles in the inning.

OSU added a run in the fifth, but Tech’s offense went back to work in the sixth as Kirsch hammered a three-run home run to left to extend Tech’s lead to 12-1. It is the first time since 2012 a Tech player has homered twice in the same game.

Gutierrez then got into the act late in the game, rifling a bases-loaded single to left to score two more runs and make it a 14-2 game.

OSU pulled to within 14-5 off Tech reliever Corey Taylor (4-0) with a single and back-to-back home runs by backups Andrew Rosa and Hunter Hagler, the first bombs of the season for each. Taylor got the win despite allowing more earned runs (4) in two innings than he had in his 161/3 innings of relief combined this season.

It stayed the way until the ninth when Gutierrez pounded another two-out, two-run single to center to make it 16-5. OSU added a harmless sacrifice fly by Aaron Cornell in the ninth off Tech reliever Dalton Brown.

TEXAS TECH 16, OKLAHOMA STATE 6

Texas Tech Oklahoma State

Player ab r h bi Player ab r h bi

Barrios 3b 5 1 0 0 Saxon cf 3 0 0 0

Ritchie rf 1 4 0 0 Hassel cf 2 0 0 0

Neslony lf 5 2 2 0 Walton ss 4 0 1 0

Gutierrez 1b 5 1 2 4 DWllms ph 0 0 0 0

Kirsch dh 5 3 3 6 Costello rf 2 1 0 0

Lyons ph 1 0 0 0 Cornell rf 0 0 0 1

Davis cf 5 1 1 2 Kritmeier 1b 5 0 2 0

Long 2b 2 1 1 0 Green c 3 1 2 1

Brlson 2b 3 1 1 0 Rojas c 1 0 0 0

Proudfoot ss 4 1 1 1 Case c 0 0 0 0

Floyd c 4 1 1 2 Fish dh 3 0 0 0

GWllms ph 1 0 0 0

Sluder lf 4 1 1 0

Arakawa 2b 2 0 1 1

Rosa ph 2 2 2 2

McCnghy 3b 1 0 0 0

Hagler 3b 3 1 2 1

Totals 40 16 12 15 Totals 36 6 11 6

Texas Tech 021 063 202 — 16 12 0

Oklahoma St. 000 011 301 — 6 11 2

E — Sluder (1), Arakawa (8). DP — Texas Tech 1. LOB — Texas Tech 7, Oklahoma State 7. 2B — Neslony (2), Kirsch (16), Proudfoot (1), Green (8). HR — Kirsch 2(4), Rosa (1), Hagler (1). SF — Cornell (2). SB — Davis (5), Burleson (2).

Pitching summaries

Pitcher ip h r er bb so

Texas Tech

Tripp 4 2 1 1 0 3

Taylor (W, 4-0) 2 6 4 4 0 0

Pettus 2 1 0 0 0 3

Brown 1 2 1 1 1 0

Oklahoma State

Buffett (L, 2-1) 2 4 2 2 1 0

Hatch 21/3 3 6 4 2 4

Robinette 12/3 3 4 2 1 1

Freeman 1 1 2 2 2 0

Cobb 2 1 2 2 1 1

WP — Hatch (5). HBP — by Tripp (Costello), by Hatch (Gutierrez), by Taylor (Costello), by Freeman (Neslony), by Cobb (Barrios). BK — Brown. U —Morehead, Mazzarisi, Harrison, Coskey. T — 2:54. A — 3,956. Records: Texas Tech 24-10, 5-6; Oklahoma State 21-10, 4-4.

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@RaiderPower3234

Here's your chance to give praise and say something in favor of a Tech team since your name implies you're actually a fan of the Red Raiders. I'm betting that we don't see a post by you until our next loss.

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Way To Go Tech!

Well I'm watching them, hang in there Tech, one series at a time guys. Good things ahead for this program. Great job, Wreck'm!

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.500

.500 in the league will, as usual, get a bid. It's hard work. Go Tech!

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Yea team 2007

No choking today. How's that?

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@RaiderPower3234

Change your screen name. The only comments you post are negative and sarcastic. It's blatantly evident that you're in no way a Tech fan. You and Bitchita65, who I still think are the same person, troll on every article about anything Tech related. Your comments make it out to seem like we're a juggernaut who was picked to easily run through conference play. Anytime there's a loss you spew out sarcasm and negativity. I'm encouraged by the progress and performance of this team thus far. I attended Tech from 02-07 when it was hard to find anything positive about the ball club. Take your smart ass attitude to some other newspaper comment section.

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