By: Scott Lacefield - Texas Tech Communications
HOUSTON, Texas – Texas Tech junior left-handed pitcher Chris Sadberry pitched seven dominating innings leading 26th-ranked Tech to a 2-1 victory over No. 10 Rice on Sunday afternoon in the final day of the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
The victory gave Texas Tech (9-3) it fourth win over a top-10 ranked opponent this season and also snapped the Red Raiders 15-game losing streak to the Rice Owls (7-5) which dated back to 1996.
Texas Tech scored two runs in the third inning on back-to-back bases-loaded RBI walks from sophomore Alec Humphreys and freshman Anthony Lyons – which was all Sadberry (2-0) needed while throwing seven innings allowing just one unearned run on five hits with two strikeouts while not allowing a walk in his second win of the season.
The Red Raiders won the game with just two base hits, which marked Tech’s fewest hits in a game during a win in over 14 years.
Freshman shortstop Ryan Long singled in the first inning and sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez doubled off the left-field wall in the seventh inning for the two Tech base hits.
Rice starting pitcher Jon Duplantier (0-1) took his first loss of the season pitching 2.2 innings allowing two runs – both earned – on one hit with one strikeout and five walks.
Freshman reliever Ryan Moseley earned his second save of the season for Tech pitching 1.1 scoreless innings to end the game with two strikeouts.
Senior left-handed pitcher Jonny Drozd – who has now pitched 27.1 consecutive scoreless innings pitched – threw 0.2 innings before Moseley entered in the eighth.
The only run of the game for Rice came in the seventh inning when first baseman Skyler Ewing reached on a fielding error by Long and advanced to second base on a throwing error to reach scoring position. He scored a batter later when right fielder Keenan Cook singled through the left side.
Rice reliever Trevor Teykl pitched four scoreless innings allowing just one hit with three strikeouts.
Texas Tech will return home to open a six-game homestand on Tuesday, Mar. 4 against New Mexico (8-3-1) with a 2 p.m. first pitch at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.