LUBBOCK, TEXAS – No. 24 Texas Tech earned a series sweep over Prairie View A&M with a 13-0 two-hit combined shutout in a seven-inning run-rule series finale on Saturday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park while it also marked the 1,000th all-time home win for the Red Raiders.
Texas Tech (32-11) held Prairie View A&M (15-21) scoreless for the final 18 innings of the series while posting back-to-back shutouts – a first for Tech this season. The Red Raiders also recorded consecutive series sweeps for the first time since 2002.
The Red Raiders have matched their longest winning streak of the season while Saturday’s win marked eight straight wins, which covered Tech’s entire eight-game homestand.
Tech scored 13 runs in the game’s opening five innings while scoring at least one run in each of the first five frames. In fact, dating back to game two of the series, Tech scored at least one run in eight straight innings – a first for Tech in over 13 years.
Junior left-handed pitcher Chris Sadberry pitched four perfect innings with four strikeouts while retiring all 12 batters he faced in order. Freshman left-handed pitcher Ty Damron (2-0) was credited with the win pitching the fifth and sixth innings allowing two hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Dalton Brown pitched a scoreless seventh inning with a strikeout to complete the combined two-hit shutout.
Panthers starting pitcher Chadd Flick (1-4) took the loss allowing five runs (3 earned) on six hits with three walks in three innings.
Every Texas Tech starting position player finished with a base hit while sophomore first baseman Eric Gutierrez (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and junior second baseman Bryant Burleson (2-for-4, 3 runs) led the way.
Senior Jake Barrios scored Tech’s first run with an infield single in the first inning, which scored Burleson to give the Red Raiders a 1-0 lead.
After Stephen Smith scored Tech’s second run with a sacrifice fly in the second, the Red Raiders plated three runs in the third to take a 5-0 lead. Sophomore outfielder Tyler Neslony led off the third with a double and scored one batter later as Gutierrez doubled to left field giving Tech a 6-0 advantage.
Neslony reached base safely in all four plate appearances with a double, two walks and a hit-by-pitch. He has now reached base safely in 15 consecutive games.
Barrios went 1-for-1 with three RBI while extending his hit streak to eight games. Smith, meanwhile, has a nine game hit streak and has reached base safely in 14 straight games. Smith is batting .419 (13-for-31) during his last 11 games dating back to Apr. 4.
The Red Raiders will play back-to-back midweek games away from home on Monday and Tuesday next week heading to Albuquerque on Monday, Apr. 21 taking on New Mexico at 3 p.m. CT at Lobo Field. Tech will then play in Abilene on Tuesday, Apr. 22 against TCU for a non-conference contest at 6 p.m. at Cruther Scott Field – home of Abilene Christian.