LUBBOCK, Texas – Freshman shortstop Matt Broadbent went 3-for-4 and drove in all three runs in Texas Tech’s 3-2 series-opening win over Oral Roberts on Friday afternoon at Rip Griffin Park.
Broadbent, a true freshman from Cypress, replaced starter Tim Proudfoot in the lineup today after it was announced on Thursday that he would miss an indefinite amount of time due to injury. Proudfoot was Tech’s leading hitter through the first four games of the season with a .467 average (7-of-15) and was tied for second on the squad with three RBI.
Broadbent went to work in the bottom of the fourth and put the Red Raiders on the board with an RBI double that plated senior right fielder Adam Kirsch from second. Kirsch jump-started the inning with a one-out single and moved to second on a Tyler Neslony single to center.
Oral Roberts tied the game in the top half of the sixth inning when Joey Migliaccio drove in a run on a bases loaded infield RBI fielder’s choice. The Red Raiders forced the out at second on the play and then got a key strikeout from reliever Cameron Smith that ended the inning. Smith entered the game in relief of starter Dominic Moreno with one out and the bases loaded.
In the bottom half of the sixth, Broadbent delivered the game wining runs with an RBI double that put the Red Raiders ahead 3-1. Just like the fourth inning, Kirsch got Tech going, this time with a one-out double and Neslony followed with a single to center to set up the scoring opportunity for Broadbent.
Oral Roberts added a solo run in the top of the seventh on a throwing error by Smith that allowed Emmanuel Forcier to score from third. Forcier led off the frame with a single to third.
Clinging to a 3-2 lead, the Red Raiders got strong relief pitching from Dalton Brown and Jonny Drozd in the eighth and ninth to seal the win. Drozd picked up his first save of the season with a perfect ninth.
Cameron Smith (2-0) earned the win in relief for the Red Raiders as he went 1 2/3 innings allowing one unearned run on two hits and one strikeout. Kurt Giller was tagged with the loss for the Golden Eagles as he allowed two earned runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Kirsch joined Broadbent with three hits (3-for-4) on the afternoon while scoring two runs. Designated hitter Ryan Long went 2-for-4 on the day while Neslony finished 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Texas Tech returns to action on Saturday afternoon for game two of the four-game series against Oral Roberts. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.
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