TULSA, Okla.(Texas Tech Press Release) – No. 19 Texas Tech scored three runs in the 12th inning while senior Dominic Moreno threw 2.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts to lead the Red Raiders to a 4-1 win at Oral Roberts on Tuesday evening at J.L. Johnson Stadium.
Texas Tech (36-13) won its fourth straight game and has now won 12 of its last 14 games while sweeping the four-game season series against the Golden Eagles (23-21), who are now 4-4 this year against teams from the Big 12 with all four losses coming against the Red Raiders.
Moreno (4-5) pitched out of several crucial jams in the game – the first when he entered in the 10th inning while fielding a grounder up the middle and starting a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning with a runner left on base in scoring position.
He then left a leadoff double stranded at third base while fielding a sacrifice bunt and throwing out the batter and then getting back-to-back strikeouts to end the 11th.
Moreno struck out four batters and allowed three hits in 2.2 scoreless frames while earning his third win out of the bullpen this season.
Tech won the game in the top of the 12th inning when sophomore outfielder Tyler Neslony started the inning with a triple off the right-center field wall. Sophomore Zach Davis entered as a pinch runner for Neslony and scored the eventual game-winning run on a wild pitch.
Senior designated hitter Adam Kirsch provided an insurance run with his third double of the game, this one driving in Gutierrez from second base after he walked and advanced into scoring position on the wild pitch.
Sophomore Alec Humphreys added Tech’s fourth run of the game with a sacrifice fly later in the inning to score Kirsch.
ORU reliever Jacob McDavid (1-1) suffered the loss allowing one run on one hit with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings.
A total of 20 Red Raiders played in the game with seven position players/pinch hitters entering the contest and with three relief pitchers.
Neslony went 2-for-5 and Kirsch went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI.
The Red Raiders will continue their road trip this weekend traveling to Lawrence, Kan., to face the Kansas Jayhawks, May 2-4, at Hoglund Ballpark. The series opener between Tech and KU is set for Friday at 6 p.m.
Improved to 36-13 overall this season and to 6-6 on the road.
Improved to 11-3 in midweek games (3-2 in road/neutral site games).
Has won four straight games and 12 of its last 14 games dating back to Apr. 8.
Improved to 14-4 in the month of April… marks Tech’s most wins in the month of April since 1997 (17)… posted the third best overall record in the month of April (14-4) in school history… Only seasons with a better record are 1997: 17-4 and 1993: 15-5.
Improved to 2-1 in extra-inning games this season… marked its first extra-inning road game since Mar. 23, 2013 at West Virginia in game two of the series (W, 6-4 – 10 inn.).
Has its best overall record (36-13) through 49 games since 1999 (38-11).
Is the first Big 12 Conference team to reach 36 wins this season.
Only two teams in the NCAA D-I have more wins than Texas Tech’s 36: UL-Lafayette (40), Virginia (37),
Its 36 wins are the program’s most in a single-season since 2002 (40).
Improved to 36-5 when scoring at least two runs.
Improved to 33-7 while holding opponents to five or fewer runs.
Improved to 22-3 when scoring first.
Improved to 9-1 playing on Tuesdays.
Improved to 25-6 in non-conference games (4-4 record on the road/neutral site).
Pitching staff matched a season-high 13 strikeouts (vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff)… marked its most strikeouts in a road game since 2008 (20 – at Texas A&M… L, 5-6 in 12 inn.).