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Red Raiders rout Abilene Christian, 19-2

Posted: April 8, 2014 - 10:19pm  |  Updated: April 9, 2014 - 12:18am
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Abilene Christian is in the process of transitioning into a Division I athletic program. The Wildcats got a rude introduction into just what that entails when things go wrong.

Texas Tech pounded the Wildcats early and often, and did so against several ACU pitchers as the Red Raiders routed ACU, 19-2, Tuesday night at Rip Griffin Park.

Catcher Tyler Floyd went 4 for 6 with three RBIs, including a triple, and Tyler Neslony and Eric Gutierrez had four RBIs each for the Red Raiders (25-11), who recorded a new season high with 21 hits and came within a run of tying their season high in runs (20 vs. Stephen F. Austin).

“It’s not about who we’re playing,” Floyd said. “I think (head coach Tim Tadlock) told us before the game he doesn’t care of it’s the Yankees out there, he just wants us to go out and play good baseball every time we go out there. Put together good at-bats for the hitters and throw strikes for the pitchers. That’s what we did tonight.”

The Red Raiders, who scored just six runs in a weather-shortened 6-2 win over ACU on March 11, had seven runs by the end of the first inning. A three-run home run by Gutierrez, his sixth of the season, began the scoring-fest, while Neslony, Floyd and Tim Proudfoot each produced RBI hits in the inning.

ACU was also part of its own demise, committing two errors in the inning, then adding a third in the third inning that preceded a three-run triple by Neslony. A run-scoring single by Gutierrez and a two-run single by Floyd made it a six-run outburst and a 15-1 Tech lead through three.

“It’s good on a Tuesday sometimes to get you a breather and get some runs on the board and let the guys come out relaxed,” Tadlock said.

“We didn’t talk any about who we’re playing. We just talked about going out and playing the game the right way no matter who we’re playing and just moving forward.”

By the time the game was over, the Red Raiders had collected a new season high in hits with 19, and every Tech player — starter or reserve — who came to the plate had at least one hit except for starting designated hitter Adam Kirsch and backup infielder Mason Randolph.

Tech starter Dylan Dusek was solid once again, working three innings and allowing just one run on four hits and now walks while striking out three. Tadlock said Dusek’s short stint would make him available for the weekend.

The Red Raider bullpen, as a whole, did a solid job as well. Five pitchers combined to limit the Wildcats (12-17) to one run on two hits with six walks and eight strikeouts over six innings.

That allowed Tech to work in several players early in the game, and all contributed.

Anthony Lyons ripped a one-out double to the wall in left-center to plate Gutierrez with a run in the fourth. After ACU added a run in the fifth, Tech plated three more in the seventh. Zach Davis plated two runs with a bases-loaded single to right-center, and one out later, Lyons collected his second RBI with a fielder’s choice to put Tech up 19-2.

It’s a good start to a week that has the Red Raiders in a key Big 12 home series against Kansas State (19-13) starting Friday. After playing three of its first four league series on the road, Tech now has three of its final four at home.

“More than anything this is how we dealt with today,” Tadlock said. “We tried to come out and play and be focused on today and we’ll do the same thing the next time we play. Good or bad you need to put the past behind you and move on, and guys have been good about doing that.”

TEXAS TECH 19, ABILENE CHRISTIAN 2

Abilene Christian Texas Tech

Player ab r h bi Player ab r h bi

Eager cf 4 1 1 0 SSmith rf 3 3 1 0

Draper ss 3 0 0 0 Ritchie cf 3 2 1 0

Forrstr ph 1 0 0 0 Conley ph 2 1 1 0

Spivey c 4 0 2 0 Neslony lf 4 3 2 4

Grdzlnk 3b 4 0 1 1 Davis lf 1 0 1 2

Buhner 2b 1 0 0 0 Gutierrez 2b 4 4 3 4

Waters ph 1 0 0 0 Rndolph 2b 1 0 0 0

Litterer 1b 4 0 0 0 Kirsch dh 3 0 0 0

Beasley lf 2 1 1 0 Lyons pr 3 1 1 2

Altimont dh 3 0 0 1 Hmphrys 3b 2 1 1 1

Hall rf 3 0 1 0 Long ph 3 0 1 0

Mssmn ph 1 0 0 0 Burleson 2b 3 0 1 0

Brdbent 3b 2 0 1 0

Floyd c 6 1 4 3

Proudfoot ss 3 2 2 1

Barrios ss 2 1 1 0

Totals 31 2 6 2 Totals 45 19 21 7

ACU 010 010 000 — 2 6 3

Texas Tech 726 100 30x — 19 21 0

E — Eager (1), Spivey (5), Buhner (13). DP — ACU 1, Texas Tech 1. LOB — ACU 9, Texas Tech 13. 2B — Lyons (1). 3B — Beasley (2), Neslony (2), Floyd (2), Proudfoot (1). HR — Gutierrez (6), SH — Draper (6). SB — Neslony (2).

Pitching summaries

Pitcher ip h r er bb so

Abilene Christian

Gawrieh (L, 0-1) 2/3 5 7 6 2 0

ALambright 11/3 2 2 2 2 1

Demeyere 0 4 6 5 1 0

BLambright 1 1 0 0 1 3

Wakefield 2 4 1 1 0 1

Palacios 1 4 3 3 1 1

Rodriguez 1 0 0 0 0 2

Sheets 1 1 0 0 1 1

Texas Tech

Dusek 3 4 1 1 0 3

Withrow 1 0 0 0 2 2

Damron 2 2 1 1 2 4

Brown (W, 2-0) 1 0 0 0 0 1

Custred 1 0 0 0 2 1

Taylor 1 0 0 0 0 0

WP — ALambright (5), Withrow (4), Custred (2). HBP — by Gawrieh (Humpheys), by BLambright (Burleson), by Palacios (Conley). U — Sooter, Morris, Howard, Carter. T — 3:11. A — 1,853.

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