By: Scott Lacefield -
Associate Director/Athletics Communications
LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 30 Texas Tech won its sixth straight game and completed its four-game series sweep over New Mexico State on Sunday afternoon with a 14-4 victory in front of 2,453 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (14-3) won their 12th straight home game while five players led the way with multiple hits and senior left-handed pitcher Jonny Drozd pitched three shutout innings to earn his first win of the season.
New Mexico State (7-9) used five relief pitchers in the contest while the Aggies pitching staff issued nine walks and one hit-by-pitch in the series finale.
Drozd (1-0) allowed just one hit in three scoreless frames with three strikeouts.
Tech opened the game with a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first with an RBI double from left fielder Alec Humphreys and a run-scoring single from first baseman Eric Gutierrez.
The Red Raiders then plated 11 runs from the third to fifth inning with 10 base hits, including three doubles and a home run.
With two outs in the fourth inning, Tech scored four runs, sparked by a solo home run by Gutierrez – his second of the season – and a two-run double by junior second baseman Bryant Burleson.
Gutierrez went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI and Burleson went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, two doubles and matched a career-high with five RBI. Burleson also drove in two runs with his second double of the game during Tech’s three-run fifth inning.
Freshman left-handed reliever Ty Damron pitched three innings to finish the game, allowing one run on four hits, to earn his first career save.
Humphreys had his second straight multi-hit game going 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored, third baseman Jake Barrios went 2-for-3 with two runs and senior right fielder Devon Conley went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.
Senior Adam Kirsch went 0-for-2 with two walks and a sacrifice fly while his 14-game hit streak came to an end.
Tech starting pitcher Matt Withrow went three innings while not factoring in the decision. Withrow allowing three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks allowed.
New Mexico State starting pitcher and designated hitter Kyle Kilgore (2-1) took the loss allowing eight runs on seven hits with five walks and two strikeouts during 3.2 innings pitched.
Texas Tech will conclude its six-game homestand on Tuesday, Mar. 11 hosting Abilene Christian for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.