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Jonny Drozd Leads No. 24 Texas Tech Over No. 12 Texas
LUBBOCK, Texas – Senior left-handed pitcher Jonny Drozd pitched seven innings in relief and every starting Red Raider had a base hit while No. 24 Texas Tech evened its series with No. 12 Texas with an 8-4 victory on Saturday afternoon in front of a Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park (since 2012) record 4,353 fans in attendance.
Texas Tech improved to 22-8 overall on the season and to 4-4 in Big 12 play while posting its best overall record through 30 games since the 1999 season. Texas dropped to 21-7 overall and to 2-3 in Big 12 play.
Drozd (3-0) entered the contest in the second inning after starting pitcher Cameron Smith went one inning allowing one run on two hits in his third start of the season.
Drozd pitched out of trouble while going seven innings and allowing 11 base hits and just two runs with four strikeouts and three walks. At least one Texas base runner reached scoring position in 6-of-7 innings Drozd pitched while the Longhorns left 13 runners on base. He threw a season-high 98 pitches earning his third win when pitching in at least three innings in relief.
Texas starting pitcher Dillon Peters (3-2) allowed a career-high five earned runs in 3.1 innings with two strikeouts allowing seven hits and two walks.
For the first time since 2011, Texas Tech scored in five consecutive innings, this time it was to start the game while plating two runs in the first, a run in each the second, third and fourth and two runs again in the fifth to take a 7-2 lead.
Second baseman Bryant Burleson (2-for-5, run, RBI) drove in Tech’s third run with a two-out RBI single to center field in the second and catcher Hunter Redman (1-for-4, run, RBI) plated Tech’s fourth run, giving the Red Raiders a 4-2 lead, in the third with an RBI ground out.
Tech sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez went 2-for-4 with a double off the base of the left field wall in the third inning and shortstop Tim Proudfoot made eight assists and went 1-for-4 with an RBI at the plate. It marked Proudfoot’s most assists in a game since also posting eight last season against the Longhorns in Austin on Mar. 16.
Texas freshman first baseman Tres Barrera went 3-for-5 with two RBI and hit his first career home run over the left-field wall in the ninth inning. In addition, Texas was led at the plate by third baseman Zane Gutwitz who went 4-for-4.
The Rip Griffin Park stadium attendance record dates back to 2012 – the year the stadium received a major renovation. The previous Rip Griffin Park stadium attendance record was also against Texas with 4,281 fans attending Tech’s 14-inning victory over the Longhorns in 2012.
The rubber game of the three-game series is set for Sunday, Mar. 30 with a 2:07 p.m. first pitch at Rip Griffin Park. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest with Robert Giovannetti (play-by-play) and Mike Gustafson (analyst) calling the action.