DALLAS, Texas (Texas Tech Press Release) – No. 23 Texas Tech scored early and often during an 18-3 victory over Dallas Baptist during its final midweek and regular season road game of the season Tuesday afternoon at Horner Ballpark.
Texas Tech (37-16) won its 37th game of the season – ranking fifth nationally – while handing DBU (31-17) its worst loss since the 2010 season (23-8, vs. South Dakota State in Dallas). The Red Raiders went 12-3 this season in midweek games.
Sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez led the way with his second two-home run game of the season while belting his first career grand slam finishing with six RBI. Gutierrez now has 12 home runs on the season and 19 for his two-year career. Freshman Anthony Lyons, who is from Arlington, had his top performance of the season going 5-for-6 with three runs scored.
Freshman outfielder Stephen Smith was one of six Red Raiders with multiple hits going 2-for-3 with four runs scored and three RBI while hitting his first career home run.
Senior left-handed pitcher Jonny Drozd (6-0) earned the win pitching four scoreless innings allowing just two hits with three strikeouts. Drozd became the first Red Raider to be 6-0 in a season since 2011 (John Neely).
Junior second baseman Bryant Burleson went 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBI, sophomore left fielder Tyler Neslony went 2-for-4 with two runs a triple and three RBI and junior shortstop Tim Proudfoot went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
DBU starting pitcher Joseph Shaw (3-3) took the loss allowing four runs on four hits with one walk allowed and four strikeouts in four innings pitched.
Tech starting pitcher Dylan Dusek took a no decision pitching four-plus innings with two strikeouts while allowing two hits and three walks.
Texas Tech will take the next eight days off from competition while the Red Raiders take spring semester final exams. Tech will close the regular season hosting a three-game Big 12 series against West Virginia, May 15-17, at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.