LUBBOCK, Texas – Junior left-handed pitcher Cameron Smith pitched four scoreless innings in relief leading No. 28 Texas Tech to a three-game series sweep over Oral Roberts with a 4-1 victory on Sunday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The victory gives the Red Raiders (6-1) their first six-game win streak since 2007. Tech’s pitching staff, which has a 1.14 ERA this season, allowed just three earned runs during 27 innings against the Golden Eagles this weekend.
Smith (3-0) earned his third win of the season – and second during the ORU series – allowing just two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in four innings shutout relief work. Tech starting pitcher Chris Sadberry took a no decision after leaving the game in the fourth inning after a line drive up the middle by Golden Eagles right fielder Tyler Boss, forced him to leave the game due to injury.
Sadberry threw 3.1 innings with one strikeout allowing four hits and one run without allowing a walk.
ORU starting pitcher Gavin Glanz (1-1) took his first loss of the season pitching five innings allowing three unearned runs allowing five hits and two walks.
Tech was led by freshman shortstop Ryan Long (2-for-3, 2 RBI) who drove in Tech’s first run and fourth run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the second, RBI single through the right side in the sixth and also recorded his first career bunt base hit.
Red Raider sophomore right-handed pitcher Johnathon Tripp picked up his first save of the season recording the final five outs allowing two hits in 1.2 scoreless innings with one strikeout.
Tech pushed across the first run of the game in the second inning on Long’s sac fly. Oral Roberts evened the score in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded walk, issued by Smith, while Brandon Healy came across to score. Smith worked out of trouble getting a strikeout with the bases loaded and just one out and then getting a ground ball to Tech third baseman Jake Barrios to end the inning and leaving three runners on base.
The Golden Eagles limited numerous Tech scoring threats while turning five double plays in the game – which tied a school record.
The Red Raiders broke the tie in the sixth inning on first baseman Eric Gutierrez’ bases-loaded RBI hit-by-pitch, Adam Kirsch’s double-play groundout and with Long’s second RBI of the game – a two-out RBI single through the right side to score Barrios who reached on an error earlier in the sixth inning.
In addition, Kirsch single to center field in the second inning extended his current hit streak to six games.
Tech will conclude its season-opening eight-game homestand hosting BYU on Monday, Feb. 24 for a 1 p.m. midweek game. The Red Raiders will then take the road for the first time this season play at Stephen F. Austin (Feb. 27 – 12:30 p.m.) before playing at the Houston College Classic against Houston (Feb. 28 – 12:05 p.m.), Sam Houston State (Mar. 1 – 12:05 p.m.) and Rice (Mar. 2 – 1:35 p.m.).