Getting those timely hits was not a problem for the Red Raiders as they returned home, opening a six-game home stand, against Florida Gulf Coast and kicked it off on the right foot – in the win column.
"It was good to get a win," Tech head coach Dan Spencer said. "There are a lot of things, in the first five to six innings I thought we were fairly crisp. We made some mistakes on the bases and continued to do so later. Early in the game I thought we were sharp."
Those were the only two runs that Florida Gulf Coast starting pitcher Danny Patrick (0-1) gave up, but was nailed with the loss as he only lasted one and two-third innings walking three along with the two runs allowed.
The Red Raiders maintained the slim lead, as the Eagles (8-12) were unable to capitalize on their opportunities, as runners were stranded after doubling and even tripling early in the game.
In the third inning the Red Raiders were able to do something that they were not able to do against Baylor – score with two outs.
With Redman on second base, Jordan Lopez delivered with a double, followed up by a Jamodrick McGruder single that drove in Bo Altobelli, who was one of McGruder's three RBIs, and Lopez, making it 6-0 Tech.
While the offense was firing on all cylinders once again, the starting pitching showed up again in the form of David Paiz.
Paiz (2-0) went five innings giving up only two hits, which were both doubles, walked two, struck out one and allowed no runs.
The sophomore, who threw the 42 of his 70 pitches for strikes, said his stuff was good, but it also helps to have a good defense behind him.
"It is kind of hard to pitch sometimes when you don't get that first strike but the defense played great behind me, that is all I could ask for," he said. "I got a lot of ground balls and they made all of the plays that they should have."
The Red Raiders would eventually extend their lead to a whopping 11-0, but with that lead heading into the eighth inning the bullpen struggled.
It took three different pitchers to record the outs in the eighth inning, which raised some red flags, as the Eagles were able to trot three runs across in the inning to break onto the scoreboard.
Florida Gulf Coast would tack on one more run in the ninth inning, brining the final score to 11-4.
With the struggles in the final two innings to put away the Eagles for good, LeJeune, who finished the game 2-for-5 with three RBIs, said the team should be pleased with putting up 11 runs, but they have to not lose focus and won't down the road.
"It's tough when you get into a game like that," he said. "It is midweek and you need to stay mentally focused and it's pretty easy to get a lapse in focus, and I think it's just a gut check for us to make sure we are on this game. That won't happen again."
The Red Raiders hit the diamond again on Wednesday in the final game of the two-game series with the Eagles. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Rip Griffin Park.