LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 23 Texas Tech used a five-run first inning on its way to a 6-2 victory over Abilene Christian – in a seven-inning, weather shortened contest – on Tuesday evening in front of 2,362 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The contest was called due to weather conditions after one hour and 47 minutes of action – with an additional seven minutes of a weather delay. It marked the shortest played Tech baseball game since Feb. 22, 2003, when the Red Raiders played a one hour and 33 minute game at TCU (L, 2-1) in Fort Worth.
Tech improved to 15-3 overall while winning its seventh straight game. The Red Raiders have now won 13 consecutive home games – its longest streak at home since 2002. Abilene Christian dropped to 7-7 overall and to 1-3 on the road this season.
Freshman starting pitcher Dylan Dusek (2-0) earned his second midweek win for the Red Raiders going five innings allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
ACU starting pitcher Nate Cole (1-3) took the loss allowing six runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings with two strikeouts and a walk.
Senior third baseman Jake Barrios went 1-for-2 with three RBI and a double, senior right fielder Adam Kirsch went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI, sophomore left fielder Alec Humphreys went 2-for-3 with two runs and a triple and junior Bryant Burleson went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles to lead the Red Raiders at the plate.
Tech jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with its first five batters reaching base safely, including Barrios who drove in a pair of runs with a double to left-center field for the first two runs of the game.
Kirsch’s double drove in Tech’s third run – still with nobody out – and then freshmen Ryan Long and Matt Broadbent scored runs with sacrifice flies to give Tech a 5-0 advantage after one inning.
Dusek was in control retiring eight of the first nine batters faced and allowing just one Wildcat to reach scoring position during the first four innings.
After ACU scored its first run in the fifth, Tech grabbed a 6-1 lead as Humphreys led off the Tech fifth inning with a triple to right-center field and scored a batter later on Barrios’ RBI ground out.
Tech junior right-handed pitcher Corey Taylor pitched the final two frames for Tech allowing one run on three hits with a strikeout.
Texas Tech opens Big 12 play this weekend, Mar. 14-16, at Baylor with the series opener scheduled for Friday at 6:35 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark. Game two of the series is set for noon on Saturday, Mar. 15, with a nationally-televised audience on FOX Sports 1. The series will conclude on Sunday, Mar. 16 with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch.
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