LUBBOCK, Texas – Freshman left-handed pitcher Dylan Dusek pitched five shutout innings making his career debut as No. 26 Texas Tech defeated BYU 4-2 on Monday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (7-1) completed their season-opening eight-game homestand with seven consecutive wins – its longest win streak since 2007.
Dusek (1-0) made his career debut starting for the Red Raiders during their fourth game in four days. The freshman lefty from Sugar Land retired the first 11 batters in order and allowed just one base runner to reach scoring position.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Ryan Moseley earned his first career save pitching a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts.
BYU starter Michael Springer (0-1) took the loss allowing three runs on three hits in two innings with two walks allowed.
Tech pulled ahead early scoring two runs in the second inning, sparked by back-to-back doubles from right fielder Adam Kirsch and shortstop Ryan Long. Both players came around to score while Long’s double plated Kirsch and a sacrifice fly from freshman Matt Broadbent scored Long.
The Red Raiders scored their third run the following inning to take a 3-0 lead on sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez’ RBI single to left field.
BYU cut Tech’s lead to a run with a two-run home run in the sixth inning by right fielder Kelton Caldwell.
The Red Raiders answered with a run in the seventh on Devon Conley’s bunt single that drew a throwing error by Cougars catcher Branson Larsen, which allowed catcher Hunter Redman to score after he led off the inning with a double down the left-field line.
Conley was the only player in the game with multiple hits going 2-for-3. A total of six Red Raiders had base hits in the game while Tech finished with seven hits.
Kirsch doubled and scored in the second inning to extend his hit streak to seven games. That total matches the longest hit streak by a Red Raider newcomer since 2011 (Kelby Tomlinson – 10 games).
Texas Tech now prepares for its first road trip of the season starting Thursday, Feb. 27 at Stephen F. Austin for a 12:30 p.m. first pitch at Jaycees Field in Nacogdoches, Texas. The Red Raiders will then play at the Houston College Classic, Feb. 28-Mar. 2, opening play on Friday against Houston at 12:05 p.m. at Minute Maid Park.
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