By: Scott Lacefield - Associate Director/Athletics Communications
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech completed its opening weekend in style in front of its home crowd with a series-clinching 7-0 shutout over No. 3 Indiana on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
Tech’s third straight win over the Hoosiers marked the program’s first shutout over a top-10 opponent since 2009 (at No. 10 Kansas State, 6-0) and its first series win over a top-five team since 2008 (No. 2 Missouri).
The Red Raiders (3-1) were led by its pair of left-handed relievers, Cameron Smith and Jonny Drozd, who combined pitched eight shutout innings allowing six hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Indiana, who finished last season in Omaha at the College World Series, dropped to 1-3 on the season.
Smith (1-0) earned his first career win pitching six innings (entered in the second inning) allowing just five hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Smith retired nine consecutive batters form the third-to-sixth inning and allowed just one Indiana base runner to reach scoring position during his final four innings of work.
Tech used a team effort in the victory with seven players posting base hits and six players scoring at least one run.
Junior second baseman Bryant Burleson went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, sophomore leadoff hitter and center fielder Alec Humphreys went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored, senior right fielder Adam Kirsch went 2-for-4 with three RBI and junior shortstop Tim Proudfoot recorded his third straight multi-hit game (2-for-3) to lead Tech at the plate.
Third baseman Jake Barrios drove in the first run of the game with an RBI ground out in the bottom of the first inning scoring Alec Humphreys, who singled to start the inning.
Tech manufactured another run in the second as freshman designated hitter Anthony Lyons flew out to center field for a sacrifice fly, which allowed Tyler Neslony to score who reached base on a walk.
Tech added to its lead in the fourth with an RBI double from Barrios and a two-out RBI single by Kirsch to give the Red Raiders a 4-0 lead.
Eric Gutierrez drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth and Kirsch added another two-out, two-run double in the seventh.
Senior left-handed pitcher Jonny Drozd finished the game pitching two scoreless innings allowing just one hit with two strikeouts.
Red Raider freshman left-handed pitcher Ty Damron made his career debut in the start for Tech while allowing a hit and two walks in one inning of work.
Indiana starting pitcher Will Coursen-Carr (0-1) took the loss in a 4.1 inning start allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks.
The Red Raiders will be back in action next weekend hosting Oral Roberts for a three-game series, Feb. 21-23, at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The series opener is set for Friday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.