By: Scott Lacefield - Texas Tech Athletic Communications
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech swept No. 3 Indiana 10-5 and 6-2 in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park in front of 3,387 fans – the fifth largest attendance at Rip Griffin Park since the stadium was renovated in 2012.
The Red Raiders knocked off the Hoosiers with a combined 16 runs scored on 22 base hits while the Tech pitching staff received a pair of five-inning starts from its starters and had a bullpen effort allow just one run and one walk in eight innings of work from four pitchers.
Saturday marked the first time in over 13 years that Texas Tech has swept a doubleheader over a nationally-ranked opponent. Texas Tech moved to 2-1 on opening weekend while Indiana fell to 1-2.
Tech sophomore right-handed pitcher Matt Withrow (1-0) earned the win in the first game of the doubleheader going five innings with five strikeouts allowing just one earned run on three hits.
Tech sophomore outfielder Tyler Neslony led the charge in the opening frame with his first career home run, a grand slam that gave Tech a 5-0 lead.
Indiana scored four in the third – one earned – before the Red Raiders added to their lead on senior outfielder Adam Kirsch’s first career home run – a two-run shot – over the left-field wall in the fifth inning.
Tech was led at the plate in the opener by junior second baseman Bryant Burleson (3-for-4, RBI), junior shortstop Tim Proudfoot (2-for-4, RBI) and freshman designated hitter Anthony Lyons, who went 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI in his first career start.
Indiana starting pitcher Kyle Hart (0-1) suffered the loss going three innings allowing five runs on tow hits with five walks and a strikeout.
The Red Raiders were just getting started on the day while scoring six runs on nine hits with four extra-base hits in the second game of the doubleheader.
Junior left-handed pitcher Chris Sadberry (1-0) made his career debut going five innings with four strikeouts without allowing a walk and giving up two runs on five hits.
After sophomore catcher Tyler Floyd’s RBI triple in the fourth inning tied the score at 2-2, the Red Raiders took the lead for good in the fifth on Neslony’s two-out, two-run RBI double to left field. With two outs and two runners on base, Indiana shortstop Nick Ramos bobbled a ground ball that allowed Neslony to come to the plate.
Tech added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh inning with an RBI double from Kirsch and an RBI single from Proudfoot.
Proudfoot led all players in the second game Saturday going 3-for-4 with two RBI.
The Tech bullpen – junior right-handed pitcher Corey Taylor and junior left-handed pitcher Cameron Smith – combined pitched four shutout innings with three strikeouts and one walk.
Burleson, who extended his hit streak to 16 games after game one on Saturday saw his streak come to an end in the second game going 0-for-4.
Texas Tech will look to win the series over the No. 3 Hoosiers with a noon first pitch on Sunday at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
- Texas Tech defeated its first top-5 ranked opponent since 2011 (at No. 4 Texas).
- Texas Tech swept a doubleheader against a nationally-ranked opponent for the first time in over 13 years.
- Texas Tech improved to 10-12 against top-10 ranked teams at home since 2005.
- Texas Tech improved to 6-8 against top-five ranked teams at home since 2004.
- Tyler Neslony hit the first home run of the season for the Red Raiders – a grand slam.
- Tyler Neslony is the first Red Raider to hit a grand slam since Tim Proudfoot last season (vs. Kansas).
- Tyler Neslony also posted his first career triple.
- Eric Gutierrez finished the day reaching base safely in seven consecutive plate appearances.
- Bryant Burleson had his 16-game hit streak snapped in the second game today.
- Bryant Burleson matched a career-high three base hits in game one (fourth time in career).
- Tim Proudfoot had a pair of multi-hit games on Saturday, now has 17 for his career.