Lubbock, TX- Texas Tech got their offense rolling in the bottom of the sixth inning and never looked back en route to a big 7-1 win against Dallas Baptist in a mid-week showdown.
Barrett Barnes found his groove on Wednesday with two hits and three RBIs including a three RBI triple in seventh inning. This gave Barnes his third triple of the season and the sixth of his career.
Barnes said the team had one of their cleanest games on Wednesday against a good Dallas Baptist team, but that they can't relax this weekend and need to come out firing on all cylinders.
"That was a good game. We came out ready and Rusty (Shellhorn) came out with a bunch of zeros," Barnes said. "DBU is a good team, they could play in the Big 12 any day. Every game is important whether it is conference or non-conference. We need to take this kind of intensity to every game and get as many wins as we can throughout the year."
The Patriots (21-10) went head to head with the Red Raiders for six innings until Bryant Burleson and Jordan Lopez had back to back RBI singles to put Tech ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Red Raiders (19-15) offense took off from that point, scoring four runs in the seventh and one run in the eighth to lengthen the lead and put the game away.
Starting left handed pitcher Rusty Shellhorn pitched five innings giving up no runs on just three hits.
"It was really nice to go out there and throw up some zeros," Shellhorn said. "I wasn't too worried about our offense, I knew they would come around as we have a lot of good bats. I went out there and pounded the strike zone, got the ball down and I felt good with my fastball".
Tech would need to turn to their bullpen to carry it the rest of the way as after Shellhorn's outing it took four pitchers to shut the door, among them was Aaron Corwin, who notched his first win of the season.
Head coach Dan Spencer said his team needs to build off this win and come out this weekend and play clean baseball against Houston.
"Good feeling going into the weekend. This was a good team win and we played clean" he said. "Houston played very well at Minute Maid (2012 Houston College Classic) they played two very good games, they beat Arkansas and Tennessee. We feel very confidant we can win but we need to take care of business like we did today.
Tech's series against Houston starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Rip Griffin Park.