LUBBOCK, TEXAS – No. 24 Texas Tech won its sixth straight game with a 4-3 victory over Prairie View A&M on Thursday night in game one of a three-game non-conference series at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Tech improved to 30-11 on the season, its most wins since 2011 (33) while improving to 23-4 at home. Tech’s 30 wins are more than the Red Raiders have finished the season with in six of the last seven seasons.
Tonight also marked the first-ever meeting between Tech and Prairie View A&M, who dropped to 15-19 overall on the season.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Ryan Moseley (1-1) earned his first career win going six innings allowing a run on six hits with a strikeout and three walks.
Junior right-handed pitcher Dominic Moreno picked up his first save of the season (2nd career) striking out seven batters in 2.1 relief innings allowing just two base hits.
Panthers starting pitcher Jonathan Mata (3-6) took the loss allowing four runs – two earned – on six hits in five innings with three strikeouts and a walk.
Tech took an early lead on sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez’ seventh home run of the season – a two-run shot over the right-field wall in the bottom of the first inning.
Tech added to its lead and scored the game’s eventual game-winning run in the fifth when sophomore left fielder Tyler Neslony delivered a two-out, two-run double to left-center field scoring shortstop Tim Proudfoot and center fielder Stephen Smith, giving Tech a 4-0 advantage.
The Panthers scored a run in the sixth with a lead-off walk and an RBI single and plated two runs the following inning on a two-out rally started by a single and two walks which cut Tech’s lead to a run, 4-3.
Moreno came in and slammed the door striking out seven of the 10 batters he faced while throwing first pitch strikes to eight of the 10 batters.
Moreno earned the save with Smith making a diving catch in the ninth before he got back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.
Senior designated hitter Jake Barrios went 2-for-3 while Neslony and Gutierrez each had a pair of RBI.
Tech and Prairie View A&M will continue its three-game weekend series on Friday, Apr. 17 with a 6:37 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.
- Texas Tech improved to 30-11 overall… marks its best record through 41 games since 1999 (32-9).
- Tech won its 30th game of the season, marked the program’s most in a season since 2011 (33).
- The Red Raiders 30 wins are more than six of the previous seven seasons.
- Ryan Moseley earned his first career win in his first career start.
- Dominic Moreno recorded his first save of the season (2nd career).
- Moreno is the first Red Raider to have seven strikeouts in relief since 2011 (Brennan Stewart, 7 – vs. UTSA).
- Jake Barrios recorded his 12th multi-hit game this season (28th career).