LUBBOCK, TEXAS – No. 24 Texas Tech defeated Dallas Baptist 5-4 on a two-run, two-out single to left field by freshman Stephen Smith with in the bottom of the ninth giving the Red Raiders a walk-off win on Tuesday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Texas Tech (29-11) improved to 10-1 in midweek games and to 22-4 on its home field this season. Dallas Baptist dropped to 25-11 on the season.
With Tech trailing 4-3 and with one out in the bottom of the ninth, freshman Ryan Long reached base on a full-count walk. Sophomore Zach Davis pinch ran for Long and advanced to third base on pinch hitter Anthony Lyons’ grounder that got past DBU third baseman Nash Knight, which gave Tech runners at the corners.
Junior shortstop Tim Proudfoot skied a pop up into shallow right field that Patriots second baseman Drew Turbin caught to record the second out of the bottom of the ninth inning.
With Smith batting, Lyons stole second base to give Tech a pair of runners in scoring position. Smith then provided the heroics hitting a line shot into left field which scored both Davis and Lyons for the walk-off victory.
Smith led the Red Raiders going 2-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI. The Red Raiders won the game despite recording only four base hits.
Dallas Baptist scored all four of its runs in the third while Tech junior left-handed pitcher Cameron Smith entered in the third and proceeded to pitch five scoreless innings with four strikeouts allowing three walks and three base hits.
Junior right-handed pitcher Dominic Moreno (2-5) earned his second win of the season – his first in relief – going 1.1 innings to close the game with a pair of strikeouts.
DBU reliever Joseph Shaw (2-2) took the loss allowing the pair of unearned runs on one hit in 1.2 innings of relief.
Second baseman Bryant Burleson went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in the fifth and Long tallied the other RBI with a run-scoring groundout in the fourth for Tech’s first run of the game. Smith accounted for four of Tech’s runs with three RBI and a run scored, which included an RBI double scoring Proudfoot in the fifth inning.
Texas Tech will complete an eight-game homestand this weekend hosting Prairie View A&M, Apr. 17-19, for a three-game non-conference series at Rip Griffin Park.
- Texas Tech improved to 29-11 overall… marks its best record through 40 games since 1999 (32-8).
- Stephen Smith provided the Red Raiders with their first walk-off base hit since 2012 (Barrett Barnes, infield single – vs. Houston, 12 inn.).
- Texas Tech won for the first time when trailing by four or more runs this season. The last time Tech overcame a four-run deficit and won was last season at home against TCU (trailed 3-7, won 8-7).
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