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Red Raiders finish off sweep of Panthers, run winning streak to eight

Posted: April 19, 2014 - 4:20pm  |  Updated: April 20, 2014 - 12:12am
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The first two games of the weekend against Prairie View A&M were about the pitching for Texas Tech.

Saturday was about the offense, and a lot of it.

The Red Raiders scored in each of their first five innings, and every starter had at least one of the team’s 11 hits in a 13-0 rout of the Panthers in a run-rule shortened seven-inning affair at Rip Griffin Park.

“We had momentum coming in from (Friday), and to go out and put it on them today helps us out a lot,” second baseman Bryant Burleson said. “Our pitching was great, as usual, and we’ve scored some runs the last two days.”

The win pushes the Red Raiders to 32-11 on the season before a very busy week that includes road games at New Mexico and in Abilene against TCU (non-conference) before returning to Big 12 Conference play on Friday at home against Oklahoma.

Tech will go into the week with plenty of momentum, riding an season-high eight-game winning streak that saw close, come-from-behind victories, game-winning hits and solid starting pitching almost every time out.

Head coach Tim Tadlock said he would have liked to get a few more players and pitchers some time, but overall is pleased with the weekend away from the Big 12.

“Guys came out and played the game really well the last couple of days,” Tadlock said. “We won a close one on (Thursday), and tip your hat to them, they came out and competed throughout the weekend. Our guys are just going to try to continue to prove.”

While the offense jumped on Prairie View (15-21) pitching from start to finish, the Red Raiders got another quality outing from their starter. Then, again, left-hander Chris Sadberry has been Tech’s most consistent starter from start to finish this season, and he was as good as he’s been all year on Saturday.

Sadberry retired all 12 batters he faced, striking out four and leaving with a perfect game through the first four innings. He said that’s alright with him as Tadlock wanted to get as many pitchers as possible some work before the 10-run rule was invoked in the seventh inning.

“I understand we’re looking big-picture wise,” said Sadberry, who lowered his ERA to 2.47 on the season. “I just went in there the same as always, pounding the zone, attacking with strikes, off-speed, fastball. Just my regular approach.”

Left-hander Ty Damron (2-0) worked two shutout innings of relief to earn the win, and Dalton Brown, who struggled two nights ago, worked a perfect seventh to seal the win.

It helped that the Red Raiders scored early and often to give him more than enough run support.

Jake Barrios’ base-loaded infield single off of Prairie View starter Chadd Flick (1-4), who walked the first three batters he faced. Tech added a second run in the second on two singles, an error and a sacrifice bunt by Stephen Smith.

Tech then cranked it up over the next three innings. Back-to-back doubles by Tyler Neslony and Eric Gutierrez, another Panthers error and a Hunter Redman sacrifice fly tacked on three more runs in the third to push the lead to 5-0.

Burleson’s RBI single after a leadoff double by Smith made it 6-0 in the fourth, followed by a bases-loaded walk to Barrios and a two-run single to left by Matt Broadbent to increase the lead to 9-0.

Four more runs in the fifth finished off Tech’s scoring. Gutierrez delivered an RBI single and Barrios drove in his third run with a sacrifice fly. Proudfoot drew a bases-loaded walk and Smith reached on a fielding error that allowed another run to cross.

From there, Tech put it in cruise control to improve to 25-4 at home this season, the most home wins in a decade.

“It’s important to take care of business wherever we play,” Tadlock said. “Every time we come out we try to improve and get better and respect the game.”


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Prairie View A&M Texas Tech

Player ab r h bi Player ab r h bi

Dgherty c 3 0 0 0 SSmith cf 3 1 1 1

DenBeste rf 3 0 1 0 Burleson 2b 4 3 2 1

Harris 1b 3 0 0 0 Neslony lf 1 3 1 0

Salcido 3b 3 0 1 0 Ritchie ph 1 0 0 0

Cossey lf 1 0 0 0 Gutierrez 1b 4 1 2 2

Pittman ph 1 0 0 0 Long pr/1b 0 0 0 0

Jefferson 2b 1 0 0 0 Kirsch rf 2 2 1 0

Krushall dh 3 0 0 0 Conley pr 1 1 0 0

Sealy 2b 1 0 0 0 Barrios dh 1 0 1 3

Price ph/2b 1 0 0 0 Broadbent 3b 3 1 1 2

Hines cf 1 0 0 0 Redman c 1 1 1 1

Wells ss 2 0 0 0 Lyons ph 0 0 0 0

Floyd c 0 0 0 0

Proudfoot ss 3 0 1 1

Totals 23 0 2 0 Totals 24 13 11 11

Pr. View A&M 000 000 0 — 0 2 3

Texas Tech 113 440 x — 0 0 0

Game ended by 10-run rule in 7th inning.

E — Salcido (9), Cossey (1), Flick (2). DP — Prairie View A&M 2. LOB — Prairie View A&M 4, Texas Tech 10. 2B — Salcido (14), SSmith (8), Burleson (15), Gutierrez (11), Neslony (8). SH — SSmith (6), Broadbent (2). SF — Barrios (1), Redman (1).

Pitching summaries

Pitcher ip h r er bb so

Prairie View A&M

Flick (L, 1-4) 3 6 5 3 3 0

Gay 1/3 3 4 4 3 0

Dewey 2/3 2 4 3 1 0

Stewart 2 0 0 0 3 0

Texas Tech

Sadberry 4 0 0 0 0 4

Damron (W, 2-0) 2 2 0 0 2 3

Brown 1 0 0 0 0 1

WP — Gay (3), Dewey (1). HBP — by Flick (Barrios), by Dewey (Lyons), by Dewey (Neslony). U — Landin, Glascock, Carter, Pierce. T — 2:00. A — 1,916. Records: Prairie View A&M 15-21, Texas Tech 32-11.

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What a great team effort! Whipping up on a little school needing a good payday! By the way, who have the played so far? So what if they've won 32 games.


OH, have you forgotten Wichita?

Guess you forgot they beat every team in front of them right now at least once (i.e. UT, OSU, TCU - beat twice on road) and swept last year's champs (KSU) 3-0. Beat Baylor too, never mind their very high RPI rating (you may need to look that up)...guess you need to wake up as usual.

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