Tech Sweeps Florida Gulf Coast, 14-8

The Red Raiders for the fourth straight mid-week game scored more than 10 runs and pushed their winning streak to two as Texas Tech swept Florida Gulf Coast in the two-game series.

Despite winning on Tuesday, the Red Raiders struggled in the late innings, which did not set well with Texas Tech head coach Dan Spencer and players alike.

In the series finale against Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday, the Red Raiders once again reached double digits in runs, winning 14-8, and Spencer said he was much happier with their performance.

"Yeah I do, I felt a lot better about tonight's game as far as just the energy," he said, "and what we had in the dugout and what we had to overcome early."

The victory also marked the 100th career victory for Spencer at the helm of the Red Raider Baseball program.

The Red Raiders (14-8) for the fourth straight mid-week game scored more than 10 runs, marking the first time since 2005 that they have done that.

But in the first few innings Tech had to play from behind as the Eagles (8-13) grabbed a 3-1 lead thanks to a two-run home run by Andrew Valencia.

The Red Raiders answered right back in the bottom of the third inning as back-to-back bases loaded walks tied the game at three apiece.

After losing the lead again in the fourth, the Red Raiders used four of their seven doubles in the game to grab a 7-5 lead as Tech figured out Florida Gulf Coast Starter Brandon Bixler (2-3).

Bixler finished the game going just three and two-thirds innings giving up the seven runs on eight hits and walked five in the process.

With the lead in hand, Tech turned to Rusty Shellhorn to come in and quiet the bats of the Eagles.

Shellhorn (4-1) came in relief of Broyles, who started the fourth inning with three-straight walks, and shut down Florida Gulf Coast going two innings giving up just two hits, no runs and struck out three.  Two runs were given up in the inning, but charged to Broyles.

Tech utilized the combination of Shellhorn's and Aaron Corwin's lights out pitching to extend their lead to 14-5 at the end of the sixth inning.

Part of the run production in the middle innings came from Jordan Lopez, who finished the game going 3-for-4 , marking his first career multi-hit game, with one RBI and one walk.

"It felt good. I love being in the lineup," Lopez said, "and hopefully I can keep taking advantage of the opportunity and go from there, try to get some wins this weekend."

Following Shellhorn's and Corwin's appearances, Spencer was forced to go to the bullpen a few more times in the game, using in total seven pitchers in the evening.

In the end the Red Raiders were able to nail down the victory, taking down the Eagles 14-8 to complete the sweep.

"I felt pretty good. It is always good to come out here and win two games from Florida Gulf Coast," Jamodrick McGruder, who finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base, said, "they are a pretty good team. It felt pretty good."

Now the Red Raiders will have one day off before opening Big 12 Conference play at home on Friday against the Oklahoma Sooners.

With getting these two wins, following the sweep at Baylor during the weekend, Spencer said he hopes this is what the team needed headed into the weekend against the Sooners.

"I hope it is," he said. "You never know exactly what you need, but we needed to play well. That's a step in the right direction, and when you play well and win on top of it. Hopefully it leads them to believe if we play well and we're crisp and we're clean and we take care of the small things, then your going to win games."


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