The Red Raiders are now 6-16 all-time in their eighth appearance at the tournament.
HOUSTON — The Texas Tech baseball team isn’t used to being out of games in 2014.
The University of Houston obliged for only six innings.
Coming in on an eight-game winning streak highlighted by comebacks and clutch hitting, the Red Raider bats went cold on a chilly day in Minute Maid Park as Houston piled on late runs for a 9-0 win over 26th-ranked Tech on Friday afternoon in the 2014 Houston College Classic.
NACOGDOCHES — Sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez laced a two-out, two-run double to left in the top of the ninth inning, and Jonny Drozd worked a scoreless bottom of the frame for his second save of the season to lead No. 26 Texas Tech to a 5-4 win over Stephen F. Austin on Thursday.
It is the eighth straight victory for the Red Raiders (8-1) and their first on the road this season after starting the season with eight straight home games.
Getting off to a good start going into the Houston College Classic is nothing new for the Texas Tech baseball team.
It’s what the Red Raiders do in Houston that has been the problem.
In its previous six trips to the tournament since 2002 — Tech alternates years in which it participates — only once has Tech had more than two losses going in, that coming in 2008 when the Red Raiders were 2-3. In each of the three previous trips, the Red Raiders had at least seven wins, just as they do now.
Texas Tech sophomore outfielder Tyler Neslony had successful surgery Tuesday to repair his right hand injured during the Red Raiders’ series with Oral Roberts.
Tech officials would not confirm the nature of the injury that required surgery, but did say it is similar to what sidelined former infielder Jamodrick McGruder at the end of the 2011 season. McGruder fractured the hamate bone in his right hand in a game against Michigan in May of that season.
Even with a large veteran presence returning in 2014, part of the early 2014 schedule for the Texas Tech baseball team has been spent seeing how the newcomers react in certain situations.
So far, so good.
The 26th-ranked Red Raiders wrapped up a season-opening homestand with a 4-2 victory over BYU on Monday at Rip Griffin Park to improve to 7-1 on the season, doing so in much the same way as the other seven games evolved — good pitching, timely hitting and growing confidence.
The left-handed junior transfer from New Mexico Junior College improved to 3-0 by working four innings of shutout relief
While winning games is most important, the early part of a baseball season is spent finding in which roles certain players can thrive.
Sunday long relief appears to suit Cameron Smith just fine.
The left-handed junior transfer from New Mexico Junior College improved to 3-0 by working four innings of shutout relief — a week after he went six shutout innings against Indiana, and the 28th-ranked Red Raiders (6-1) completed the three-game weekend sweep of Oral Roberts, 4-1, at Rip Griffin Park.
Brett Bell, who played for Texas Tech in 2013 but who was not on the opening-day roster for the Red Raiders in 2014, was arrested late Friday night on three drug-related charges.
Bell, 21, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (between 4-400 grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said that Bell had been suspended indefinitely before the season, and his name is not on the Tech roster nor was he included in the 2014 media guide.